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Amendments to the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001
The Radiocommunications regulations were amended in February 2015. The changes improved our ability to deal with interference and the importing of prohibited and non-compliant equipment, and made our infringement offences and fees more consistent.
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Changes for licensees
Licensees filling out Form 7 for spectrum licences now need to specify the maximum permitted interfering signal at the same bandwidth permitted under the licence.
Changes for management right holders
Management right holders are now able to transfer management rights on their preferred date. Previously, management rights holders were unable to specify a date different to that of the sale.
Changes for engineers
Engineers filling out the Form 7 for spectrum licences now need to specify the maximum permitted interfering signal at the same bandwidth permitted under the licence.
Compliance enforcement changes
Several compliance-related changes have been made:
- The requirements and penalties that are already in place for installers, users, sellers, distributors and manufacturers of interfering equipment are now be placed on importers as well.
- Our compliance team is now able to address interference in circumstances where Minimum Field Strength can't be specified.
- Incorrectly making a declaration of conformity or labelling equipment is now an offence — whether or not it is done with intent.
Infringement fee changes
Infringement fees are now more consistent in the requirements they place on different actions, the services they protect and the fees they apply to similar offences. They now align with the Ministry of Justice guidelines.
All infringement fees remain below the $2000 maximum prescribed in the Radiocommunications Act 1989.