New spectrum planning and allocation initiatives launched

ACMA announces new advisory committee

'We have given a lot of thought to these new arrangements, including reviewing approaches adopted by other leading spectrum regulators around the world, and I am satisfied that our new arrangements will significantly improve the way spectrum is planned and managed in Australia,' Chapman said.

'This is important, because we and our stakeholders collectively have some big challenges ahead.'

The Radiocommunications Consultative Committee has been established as a formal advisory committee under the provisions of section 51 of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005.

The new committee will take on many of the functions previously undertaken by International Radiocommunications Advisory Committee and the Radiocommunications Consultative Council, which have now been formally revoked.

Moreover, the ACMA plans to limit membership of the Radiocommunications Consultative Committee to a relatively small number of senior executives.

The core membership will be: chairmen of each of ACMA's six Australian Radiocommunications Advisory Groups and; persons representing the interests of one of eight industry and government stakeholder sectors, who have an understanding of contemporary and future operational and strategic issues affecting their respective sectors.

ACMA may also appoint a small number of independent experts or observers, either permanently or from time-to-time, when it considers they will assist the effectiveness of the committee.

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