Spectrum management policy and process in Australia has undergone radical change over the past forty years. Successive regimes over this period have sought to transform spectrum management from a highly proscriptive administrative process to a more market driven one. But like the Curate’s egg these changes have been “good in parts”.
Against this background a review of the spectrum management process was completed in 2016 and a draft Bill for a new Act has been prepared. We are at the threshold of generational change.
This presentation tracks the history of spectrum management over the years, reviews the current situation, and looks forward to the opportunities for change that lie ahead.