Amendments to the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001
The Radiocommunications Regulations have been amended to improve RSM’s ability to deal with interference, and the import of prohibited and non-compliant equipment. The associated infringement offences will now be more consistent in the requirements they place on different actions, the services they protect and, the fees they apply to similar offences.
The amendments came into force on 1 February 2015.
Licensees filling out online forms will notice some minor changes to the forms. 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.
Licensees paying fees via online banking will now receive the same discount as those paying by direct debit or credit card.
Management right holders are now able to transfer management rights on their preferred date. Previously, management rights holders have been unable to specify a date that is different to that of the sale.
Engineers filling out online forms on behalf of licensees will notice some minor changes to the forms. 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.
The same requirements and penalties will now be placed on importers of interfering equipment as are already in place for installers, users, sellers, distributers, and manufacturers.
The RSM compliance team are now able to address interference in circumstances where Minimum Field Strength is not able to be specified.
Incorrectly making a declaration of conformity or labelling equipment is now an offence whether or not it is done with intent.
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. The fees now align with the Ministry of Justice guidelines. All infringement fees remain below the $2000 maximum prescribed in the Act.