Surprise Decrease in Australian Ham Licence Renewal Fees

The annual Amateur / Ham Radio licence fee in Australia has decreased from AUS$74 to AUS$51 from April 2015, returning the price to levels seen 20 years ago.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) told the WIA that, “as part of the introduction of a new licensing system this year, the ACMA has reviewed the charging component of its fees for renewal of licences. From 5 April 2015, the ACMA reduced the fee for renewal of amateur licences.”

However, while renewal fees have dropped, the ACMA’s fee for the issue of a new licence has increased to AUD$75, an increase of one dollar on the fee that prevailed over the previous year.

The WIA said that, while to some people this may seem a comparative disincentive to new licensees, there is essentially no change to the situation that has prevailed to date.