The Australian Government is working to help key stakeholders in the emerging aviation technologies sector gain a better understanding of Australia’s spectrum planning and allocation processes, and help the drone and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector develop a more coordinated perspective of their future spectrum needs. This will inform the spectrum policy and regulatory frameworks in the future.
The coordination of industry perspectives on spectrum policy is an important Australian Government initiative and aligns with the immediate term (2022-23) roadmap activities in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and AAM Strategic Regulatory Roadmap, released on 1 July 2022.
Future spectrum workshop
In August 2022, the department hosted the Emerging Aviation Technologies Future Spectrum workshop in Melbourne, supported by representatives from portfolio agencies the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and CASA.
The workshop began by introducing and explaining the policy, spectrum regulation and aviation safety regulation environments. Subsequent interactive discussions were centred around 3 high level themes: spectrum, aviation and governance. Discussions covered a wide range of technical and strategic topics relating to future spectrum, including international harmonisation, access to spectrum, information transparency and sharing mechanisms, the agility of the system and best practice case studies.
A workshop outcomes summary will be made available through this website.
The information gathered at the workshop will form the basis for future conversations that contribute to building consensus on some of the key issues that will inform the Australian Government's next steps.