What are the costs of ham radio?

New licence $76.00

Annual licence fee is $52.00


From the 2nd March 2009 the WIA has taken responsibility for the management of amateur station call signs, including repeaters, beacons and special call signs. Before applying for an amateur station licence from the ACMA, you will first need to apply to the WIA to obtain a callsign recommendation.

Simple Guide for Obtaining a Selected Callsign Recommendation from the WIA

Step 1 – If you wish to apply for a licence from the ACMA and don’t care what call sign you receive, you can download an application form (Level One) at the bottom of this page. If, however, you want to select a particular combination of letters in your callsign go to Step 2.

Step 2 – Go to the WIA Public List of Available Callsigns – see index to the right.

Step 3 – Select a particular State, then select the type of licence, then select either two, three or four letter combination and then select Search. A list of available callsigns will be displayed at the bottom of the page. If you don’t select any letters, all of available callsigns will be displayed – this can be quite a large list. In the case of two letter callsigns, due to demand you may not see any callsigns displayed. This means that in a particular state there are none available and you will have to try again the following day(s).

The WIA Public List of Available Callsigns is updated daily.

In the event that more than one person seeks a Recommendation in respect of the same two letter callsign in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland within 7 Working Days of that callsign being placed on the Public List, a ballot will be conducted in accordance with the “Complete Guide to Callsigns” below.

Step 4 – At the bottom of this page you can down load an application form depending on the type of licence you will be applying for or requesting of variation of an existing amateur station licence (change of callsign).

Step 5 – Complete the selected Application for a callsign and forward this to the WIA to the address indicated on the form. Further instructions are attached to each particular form.

Step 6 – Upon receipt of the application form and money, the WIA will issue and post a recommendation certificate to you. This certificate must be attached to the ACMA licence application form (R057) and forwarded to the ACMA for licence processing.

The additional information in Part 4 of the Assessment Sheet must be completed and a passport sized photograph on photo quality paper of the candidate signed in front of the examiner across the front in permanent ink in a place that does not obscure the image provided. The photograph should be approximately 35 mm by 45 mm, be clear and show the head and shoulders of the candidate square on. Inappropriate photographs, because the signature covers the face, or the photograph is the wrong size or the photograph is too dark will be rejected. You need ID identification along with you on the Day

Passport or Drivers Licence or

Employment, security, student or other card with photograph or

Full Name of parent/guardian if identifying minor

The WIA application fees for call sign recommendations are as follows:

  Level One [Next any available callsign] $5 including GST;
  Level Two [Selected two, three or four letter callsign, except two letter callsigns in Vic, NSW & QLD] $20.00 including GST
  Level Three [two letter callsign Vic, NSW & Qld] $48.00 including GST
  Level Four [Special Callsigns] $25.00 including GST.

   Replacement certificate of proficiency: $10

Variation to licence fee remains at $49.00.

Assessed Fee

Foundation Theory/Regulations and Practical Assessment $70.00
Practical Assessment taken alone $70.00
Standard/Advanced Regulations $70.00
Standard Theory $70.00
Advanced Theory $70.00

Under 18 Fee
Foundation Theory/Regulations and Practical Assessment $35.00
Practical Assessment taken alone $35.00
Standard/Advanced Regulations $35.00
Standard Theory $35.00
Advanced Theory $35.00

These changes are effective as of  Saturday 13/04/2013.

Annual ACMA licence fee —

 First year $76.00.

Renewal $52.00

$49.00 for a licence variation fee if transitioning from an existing licence.

The WIA will issue the appropriate certificate of proficiency and send it to the candidate.

On passing your exam you can start on air as soon as the ACMA put you name up on there web site, start looking from about 10-21 days after the exam (only a guide and can be as long as 6 weeks) this will depend on there work load at the time.

ACMA licence site

Last update 24/02/2021

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