On 16 August 2019, the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) issued the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence Variation 2019 (No. 1) (Variation) under the Radiocommunications Act 1992. The Variation updated the Low Interference Potential Devices (LIPD) class spectrum licensing arrangements which will provide support for emerging technologies such as 5G and Wi-Fi.
The LIPD licensing authorizes the use of frequency ranges for a range of devices. With the Variation, the 60GHz range has been expanded to cover a range from 57GHz to 71 GHz and authorizes its use for indoor and outdoor use and will support backhaul for 5G and Wi-Fi.
Other changes made to the LIPD licensing under the Variation include changes supporting interactive motion sensing technology, support for radar applications in rail crossing and road safety, ground and wall penetration radar, and updates for underground transmitters with potential mining application.
The Variation also aligns Australia's spectrum licensing for ultra-wideband devices (for indoor and hand-held devices and aircraft applications) with the US and European spectrum regimes.
The Variation was made after considering suggestions from industry and individuals during the ACMA's consultation period, which closed in February 2019.