We have had many customers call us recently regarding the sale and distribution of Radio Controlled Models such as drones, planes, cars, boats and other motorized devices. Many of these inquiries are directly relating to Australian certification for radio controlled models.

Australian certification for radio controlled models

As per the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) mandatory regulations that are enforceable by law which include very large fines for each sale of a product. It is essential that suppliers understand the requirements, as per any electronic device (medium and high risk) which any Radio controlled device will be, they must meet all of the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) requirements.

Any wireless radio product such as a radio-controlled model will be subject to the mandated Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) requirements which can include the following Australian certification for radio controlled models:

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing to ensure that the non-intentional electronics and electrical systems meet the relevant approved Australian EMC standard. Such EMC standards may include AS/NZS CISPR 14.1.

Radio-communications testing to ensure that the intentional wireless radio systems meet the relevant approved Australian Radio-communications standard. Such Radio-communications standards may include AS/NZS 4268.

EME/EMR testing or determination to ensure that the product meets relevant approved Australian EME/EMR standard. Such requirements may include the ARPANSA Radiation Protection Standard – Radiation Protection Series Publication No. 3

Electrical safety testing to ensure that the AC/DC plug pack or battery charger complies with the relevant approved Australian Electrical safety standard.

Telecommunications testing is an unlikely requirement for most radio controlled models but always needs to be considered as all 5 aspects of the RCM need to determined as non required or be compliant.

Also, a good reference for more specific regulations of RC toys can be found at the ACMA website:


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