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Standards can be obtained from the following organisations:

ACMA Radiocommunications Standard means a standard made by the Australian Communications and Media Authority under subsection 162(1) of the Australian Radiocommunications Act 1992.

ANSI/TIA means a joint standard or specification published by the American National Standards Association and the Telecommunications Industry Association Standards.

ARIB means a standard published by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses in Japan.

AS/NZS means a joint Australian/New Zealand standard under the terms of the Active Co-operation Agreement between Standards Australia Limited and Standards New Zealand.

CFR means the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America.

EN means a standard published by European Telecommunications Standards Institute, commonly known as ETSI. These standards are recognised by European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation, commonly known as CENELEC, and in the past have been prefixed by ETSI, ETSI TS, ETSI ETS or ETS EN.

IEC means a standard or specification published by the International Electrotechnical Commission.


Mandatory standards

These are prescribed by either the Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice or the Radiocommunications (EMC Standards) Notice. Compliance with these standards is required by suppliers of EMC and radio products.


Voluntary standards

These may be used by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) to establish a "benchmark" when investigating and resolving instances of radio interference.

Conformity with voluntary standards is strongly recommended as a means of ensuring proper operation of equipment and compatibility with radiocommunication services.

Recommended voluntary standards


EMC Generic Immunity Standard – residential, commercial and light industry

IEC 61000-6-1 (2007) or EN 50082-1:1997

EMC Generic Immunity Standard – industrial environment

IEC 61000-6-2 (2005-01)

Misc: Siting & operation of radiocommunication facilities, independent of operating frequency

AS/NZS 5070.1 :2008

Misc: Siting & operation of radiocommunication facilities, VHF, UHF & SHF

AS/NZS 5070.2 :2008

Misc: Immunity of hearing aids

AS/NZS 1088.9:1995

Misc: Electric Fence installation

AS/NZS 3014 :2003


Reference standards

The primary purpose of Reference Standards is to provide guidance to approved radio engineers (ARE) regarding matters which must be considered in determining the compatibility between radio services when certifying spectrum licences.

Under section 133(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1989, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, or person acting under delegated authority form the Chief Executive, may issue from time to time, by notice in the Gazette, standards or specifications relating to the performance of:

  1. Any radio apparatus;

  2. Radio apparatus of any class or classes;

  3. Any system for the effecting of radiocommunication, whether by transmission or reception or both.


Index of Reference Standards issued pursuant to section 133(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1989

Ref No



Issue No



Reference Standard 001 [24 KB PDF]

FM Radio Broadcasting

Intermodulation in Radio Receiver Apparatus


26 July1999

Gazetted 22 July 1999


New Zealand Radio Frequency Service Standards

Key information for those looking for the Radio Frequency Service (RFS) radio equipment standards listed in the Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice.

Read more about New Zealand Radio Frequency Service Standards

Last updated 24 February 2015