The 10th anniversary of the new entry level licence in Australia has seen a great turnaround with Amateur Radio being made more accessible to a greater number of people.
When the entry level ticket was proposed as part of the Australian Communications Authority "Big Review", the Foundation Licence was embraced by radio amateurs as the way forward for Amateur Radio.
The Foundation Licence has transformed the numbers of active hobbyists from a worrying declining interest in Amateur Radio, to one of growth with new people entering the hobby and most upgrading to the Standard or Advanced levels.
Since 2005 over 5,000 Foundation Licence assessments have held, but with a decline in the number of candidates, more needs to be done to promote the hobby and review the attractiveness of it as the entry point.
Wireless Insitute of Australia - http://wia.org.au/