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Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Spectrum reform to drive future innovation and productivity

23 May 2014

The Government will review current spectrum policy arrangements to ease the compliance burden on users and improve accessibility for new technologies.

The efficient use of spectrum underpins the tablets, smartphones, televisions and radios Australians use every day.

It is essential to critical public and community services, such as police and emergency services communications, defence services, air and marine safety and weather forecasting.

The spectrum framework was last formally reviewed by the Productivity Commission in 2002. This was two years before Google went public and five years before the first iPhone was released. Clearly, the world has changed and it is time to take a comprehensive look at whether Australia's spectrum policy and management framework remains fit for the digital age.

The review is an important step in boosting innovation and productivity which, in turn, benefits the broader community. It is part of the Government's commitment to streamlining regulation and cutting red tape.

The Department of Communications will conduct the review in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The Department will engage with stakeholders throughout the review and finalise the report to the Minister in six to nine months.

As a first step, the Department is seeking stakeholder views on issues relating to the Terms of Reference by Friday 20 June 2014.

Further information on the review, including the Terms of Reference and list of issues for comment, can be found at: www.communications.gov.au/consultation_and_submissions/spectrum_review

Media enquiries: David Bold, Office of Malcolm Turnbull MP, 0427 784 451, David.Bold@communications.gov.au

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