Radiocommunications Apparatus Licences - Australian Government


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a radiocommunications apparatus which receives and / or transmits data.

You can apply for an apparatus licence in each of the following categories of transmitter licences:

  • aeronautical
  • aircraft
  • amateur and overseas amateur
  • broadcasting
  • datacasting
  • earth
  • fixed
  • land mobile
  • maritime coast
  • maritime ship
  • maritime ship station
  • defence
  • outpost
  • PTS (Public Telecommunication Service).

You can also apply for an apparatus licence in each of the following categories of receiver licences:

  • defence receive
  • earth receive
  • fixed receive
  • major coast receive
  • space receive.

Generally, all radio transmitters require a licence, however there are some exemptions, including 27MHz handphones, some remote television controls, garage door opening devices and some small boats onboard radio systems.

You will also be required to apply to upgrade your apparatus licence to a spectrum licence if your apparatus licence authorises the operation of a radiocommunications device either:

  • at frequencies that are within the spectrum to which a conversion plan applies
  • within an area to which the conversion plan applies.

Spectrum licences authorise the use of radio frequency spectrum in a particular area, rather than apparatus type. Subject to compliance with rules designed to manage interference, spectrum licensees can operate any type of device or service. Certain licences may have additional conditions imposed by ACMA.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Some categories of licence (such as digital, marine and amateur) may require the operator to hold a prescribed qualification.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to comply with all the ACMA's Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines for managing interference.


Up to five years


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Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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Act(s) name

Radiocommunications Act 1992 Australian Government

Application process


Please be aware that if you intend to apply for a licence in multiple categories then you must fill out the application form separately for every category.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Communications Infrastructure

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