Australia: Spectrum management reform
The WIA reports the communications regulator ACMA is changing its approach to modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework
WIA News says:
If you would like to find out more behind some of our WIA News Broadcast stories over the past few weeks the front page of wia.org.au has them, along with an item by Australians for Australians whereby the Department of Communications (DOCA)have had a rethink about the proposed Radiocommunications reforms.
Rather than completely re-writing the legislation, modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework will now be pursued through staged approach to amending the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
The first stage of amendments to the Act will deal with a number of priority issues to deliver tangible benefits to industry and consumers. The changes will be designed to remove unnecessary constraints in spectrum allocation and reallocation processes.
Spectrum licence terms will be extended to a maximum of 20 years, with clearer licence renewal processes.
The arrangements for apparatus licences are also being aligned with spectrum licences to the extent possible.
There will also be changes to improve technical regulation, streamline device supply schemes and introduce graduated enforcement mechanisms for breaches of the Act.
To minimise disruption to spectrum users, existing licence types and planning arrangements will be retained at this time.
The DOCA are working towards the introduction of a draft amendment bill into the Australian Parliament in early 2020.
A second stage of amendments to further improve efficiency and flexibility will be considered following passage of the first package and in consultation with stakeholders.
Next our WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ and Aidan VK4APM Director
Howdy, this is VK4APM with this weeks board comment.
Following the decision by the ACMA to release digital modes for foundation holders the WIA, AR Victoria, ALARA, AR NSW and RASA sought to collaborate on a poll of Australian Operators with a view to establishing a new callsign structure for Foundation operators that is compatible with all digital protocols.
On Saturday the 26th of October, RASA made the unilateral decision to set aside negotiations on the form and distribution of this poll and sought to release this poll publically via social media and other channels (Including QRZ)
This poll was not endorsed or approved by the WIA.
It is the WIA’s view that, as a representative body for all amateurs, a poll on a critical issue as call sign structure must:
• Withstand scrutiny
• Provide sufficient educational information for operators to make an informed decision
• Must be directed towards Australian operators rather than a global audience.
The process of releasing the “survey” in an uncontrolled manner on social media completely invalidates this results of the survey.
The board of the the WIA is extremely disappointed in the behaviour of RASA in seeking to undermine this collaborative process that was for the benefit of all operators.
The WIA is of the view that RASA’s actions in passing off this “survey” as something approved by the WIA misrepresents the views of the WIA and those we represent.
RASA has been issued a with a “cease and desist” notice with regards to the use of the WIA’s name and marks.
We would like to remind all operators that our hobby is under sustained attack on a global basis, from parties wishing to dilute our spectrum rights and regulators. To resolve these existential issues we must work together, for the common cause of ensuring that our service remains accessible for generations to come.
With that, that is all from me… Aidan, VK4APM