Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Future directions for spectrum released

22 May 2015

Joint release with the Hon Paul Fletcher MP

The Government has released a report, prepared by the Department of Communications, on the future directions for spectrum management that outlines recommended changes to improve Australia's spectrum management framework.

The Spectrum Review Report highlights the need to simplify the current framework to remove prescriptive regulatory arrangements and to support the use of new and innovative technologies and services across the economy.

The report recommends simplifying processes for new and existing spectrum users and increasing opportunities for market-based arrangements, including spectrum sharing and trading.

The three main recommendations are:

  1. Replace the current legislative arrangements with streamlined legislation that focusses on outcomes rather than process, for a simpler and more flexible framework.
  2. Better integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve the consistency and integrity of the framework.
  3. Review spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.

The report is the outcome of a review conducted by the Department of Communications in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and included extensive stakeholder consultation.

The Government is currently considering the report and will prepare a response in due course. Stakeholder feedback on the report is welcomed.

The report is available at: www.communications.gov.au/spectrumreview

Feedback on the report can be sent to spectrumreview@communications.gov.au

Date:  Friday, 22 May 2015

Media contact:

David Bold: Office of Malcolm Turnbull MP, 0427 784 451

Luke Coleman: Office of Paul Fletcher MP, 0414 728 720

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