Radio spectrum usage in New Zealand is governed by two key pieces of legislation — the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001.
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The Radiocommunications Act is our primary legislation. It sets out how we manage the radio spectrum in New Zealand. This includes establishing:
- the Register of Radio Frequencies (the Register)
- a management rights and licensing system
- a certification process for approved persons
- guidance on compliance and enforcement, and
- a disputes process.
The Minister for Communications can also issue policy statements that help us better administer the radio licensing regime.
- detail the need for all licence information to be publicly available on the Register
- set out how to manage radio licensing in NZ
- show the process for issuing licences to supply radio transmitters
- show the process for issuing certificates of competency to operate certain radio apparatuses
- define the standards for electromagnetic compatibility
- give details of infringement offences and fines
- show the fees charged for radio and spectrum licences, and
- list the forms required to provide information to the Registrar.
Other legislation relevant to our work includes:
- the Broadcasting Act 1989(external link), which deals with issues generally related to the content of broadcasting services
- the Search and Surveillance Act 2012(external link)
- the Telecommunications Act 2001(external link), which deals with matters related to telecommunication services
- the Commerce Act 1986(external link), which relates to generic market and competition matters in business and considers management rights and spectrum licences to be business assets.