University of Tasmania/Australian Maritime College (UTAS/AMC) wins amateur radio exam and callsign tender.
01 February 2018
RASA wishes to congratulate the UTAS/AMC on winning the tender for examinations and callsign management, announced today by ACMA (see below).
Glenn Dunstan VK4DU and Andrew Smith VK6AS will serve as advisors to the AMC. They serve as individuals. RASA is not involved.
The AMC has been successfully managing maritime radio examinations Australia-wide for many years on behalf of the ACMA.
The educational resources available from UTAS/AMC will provide a streamlined and professional assessment system for amateur radio.
The latest news on the new arrangements from Andrew VK6AS here.
Changes to amateur radio qualifications
Following an open tender process on AusTender (Approach to Market reference 18ACMA148), the ACMA has selected the University of Tasmania—through its institute the Australian Maritime College (AMC)—to deliver amateur radio examinations, issue amateur certificates of proficiency and for related callsign management.
The ACMA thanks all organisations that expressed an interest in providing services, and also wishes to thank the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) for its provision of services over the term of the current Deed, which came to an end on 1 February 2019. After that time, an examination conducted by the WIA will not be an approved examination for the purposes of amateur qualifications and the WIA will not have the power to issue further certificates of proficiency under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
The ACMA is working with the AMC to finalise a Deed for the delivery of services and will also need to make enabling instruments to support the AMC’s activities. Once the Deed is signed, the ACMA expects the AMC to progressively commence delivery of services from 25 February 2019.
While these arrangements are being made, the ACMA will consider any applications for certificates of proficiency. A certificate may be issued if the applicant has successfully sat an approved examination under the previous WIA arrangements. The ACMA will also consider any applications for licences related to those certificates of proficiency and will assign callsigns to those licences on issue. Enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 01 February 2019