Telecommunication Carrier Licence - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are the owner of a network unit that is used to supply telecommunications carriage services to the public, such as telephony or internet. If required you can arrange for another party to take on the responsibilities of a carrier for a network unit by applying for a nominated carrier declaration.

If you are the operator of a facility, or you resell services from a facility then you will not be required to apply for a carrier licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To eligible for this licence you must be a constitutional corporation, eligible partnership or public body.

You must provide an attachment that outlines the following information and copies of any supporting documents:

  • The organisational structure, including directors, major shareholders and links with overseas and/or other Australian companies;
  • Whether you have any foreign ownership, control or direction;
  • Your background and history as it relates to the licence;
  • Relationships between yourself and another person in connection with the production and supply of facilities;
  • Any current or proposed research into new technologies and development of those technologies;
  • Whether you (or any director, secretary or any other person involved in the management body) has been disqualified; and
  • Your membership of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman scheme, or the date you will apply for membership.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.






$2 076


$1.18 per $1 000 in eligible revenue.

Other resources

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Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Act(s) name

Telecommunications Act 1997 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Telecommunications Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing
Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Mailing address:
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616


1300 850 115


02 6219 5555


02 6219 5353

Supporting information


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