Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams recently announced that available AM and FM licences for sound broadcasting will be auctioned later this year.
The auction will include commercial licences, both unallocated and those currently allocated temporarily. It will also include a number of licences that were reserved for non-commercial use but are no longer needed for the purposes they were reserved for. All licences will be auctioned as commercial licences with tenure up to 2031.
Work is currently underway to determine the auction details, including the exact content, reserve prices and auction process. A provisional list of licences to be auctioned is available on the Radio Spectrum Management website. This list was updated on 30 June and contains additional licences to the list that was originally posted. It is not final and may be subtracted from and/or added to as the auction content is finalised.
Full auction details will be released in due course.