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Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate - Australian Government


You will need this certificate if you do not hold a pilot licence but intend to operate a radiocommunication system that is installed in or carried on an aircraft either in flight or on the ground.

You will also require this certificate if you are the operator of an unmanned aircraft.

The certificate covers the use of the device:

  • during flight time
  • when the aircraft is on the ground
  • when the device is used in connection with an aircraft.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this certificate you must:

  • be at least 17 years of age
  • have completed the required examinations
  • meet the competency standards specified in the Manual of Standards for the operation of an aeronautical radio
  • provide a current aviation English language proficiency assessment.

You can also apply to have your radio operator licence or certificate issued by the competent authority in any country or by the Australian Defence Force converted.

If you hold an overseas radio operator licence that is equivalent to this certificate then you are also eligible to be granted this certificate.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

Issue of an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate - processing and consideration. Fees for 2024-25

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 Australian Government

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Industry Permissions

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.