VK reciprocal and visitor licence requirements
An often asked question is whether an overseas radio amateur can operate while on holiday in Australia or if they are to become a permanent resident.
Due to efforts over many decades by the Wireless Institute of Australia and other IARU national radio societies, there is a series of reciprocal licence agreements between Australia and individual nations, and the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT).
In some cases not all licence types are part of a reciprocal agreement. If a licence is included in such an agreement then a radio amateur with that licence can apply for a VK licence. The reverse applies to VK radio amateurs visiting overseas.
Australia has a "class licence" that will automatically allows licence holders the right to operate in Australia, for short-term visits up to 90 days, without the need to apply and obtain a VK licence.
Visiting licence holders are then expected to be able to operate using their home callsign slash the VK* call area in which they are located. For example, G2XYZ/VK3.
In addition to the reciprocal licence agreements, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) also has a list (Table B) of overseas licences it recognises and as equivalent to VK licences, for which it will grant a licence.
Full details of about Australia's licence requirements for visitors visit www.acma.gov.au