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Review of the Radiofrequency Spectrum Management Framework

Aust Gov
16th June 2016

Independent Review – Department of Communications and the Arts

On 25 August 2015, the Government announced its response to the Spectrum Review, agreeing to:

  • replace the current legislative arrangements with new legislation that removes prescriptive process and streamlines licensing, for a simpler and more flexible framework;
  • better integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve the consistency and integrity of the framework; and
  • review spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.

The review was undertaken by the Department of Communications, in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and was certified by the Department as meeting the requirements of a Regulation Impact Statement. Under the Australian Government Guide to Regulation, the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) does not assess independent reviews.

The Department estimates the average annual regulatory cost savings to be about $450,000, and this has been agreed by the OBPR.

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