At the end of September 2022, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), proposed that Australia’s amateur radio operators move to a class-based licensing scheme in July 2023, opening a consultation period that closed at the end of November 2022.
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has replied to the ACMA proposals with a comprehensive evidence-based response.
The ACMA proposes moving Australia’s radio amateurs from individual apparatus licences, to one licence for the amateur service as a whole.
The principal reason cited is a reduction in the administrative burden for both the ACMA and the amateur radio community.
The immediate benefit would be that licence and licence-renewal fees would disappear.
The Wireless Institute of Australia’s response to the consultation can be found on their website.