District Council of Peterborough

Wireless Microphone Users - Attention

On the 1st January 2015 the law changes for users of wireless microphones and other audio devices.

Changes affecting wireless microphone users in District of Peterborough

The changes are part of the Federal government’s work to clear specific radiofrequency spectrum (known as the ‘digital dividend’) so that it can be used to provide 4G mobile broadband services from 1 January 2015.

What is changing?

From 1 January 2015, spectrum located in the 694-820 megahertz (MHz) frequency range (the digital dividend) will be used solely to provide 4G mobile broadband services.  It will be illegal to operate wireless microphones and other audio devices in that frequency range because they may cause or receive interference to and from the mobile broadband service.

Many community groups and small businesses use wireless microphones for a range of purposes, including school assemblies, religious services, theatre and live music performances and sporting events.  It is very likely that there are many individuals and organisations that live and work in the community that use wireless microphones and other audio devices on a day-to-day basis. 

The ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) wants to ensure that all community groups and businesses understand the change and know what they should do to prepare.  The ACMA is strongly encouraging users to check their equipment and to start planning for the change now so that they know that their equipment will comply with the change by 1 January 2015. 

e have made available a range of resources to make it as easy as possible for people to prepare for the changes.

For further help, please see the resources below:

  • A wireless microphone hub—an online one-stop-shop for information on the changes www.acma.gov.au/Industry/wirelessmics
  • Fact sheets that provides for ‘plug and play’ users (such as community groups and small businesses), professional users and suppliers of wireless microphones
  • Free, monthly e-bulletin that provides updates on the ACMA’s work on helping users prepare for the changes.  You can subscribe to the e-bulletin via the wireless microphone hub.

Attached below is a fact sheet which provides useful information for users and provides links to additional helpful information. 

Wireless Microphone Users(244 kb)

District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066