We have had many calls recently about the sale Radio Controlled Models such as drones, planes, cars, boats and other motorized devices. Many inquiries are directly relating to Australian certification for radio-controlled models.

As per the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA), mandatory regulations are enforceable by law. Which include very large fines for each sale of a product. It is essential that suppliers understand the requirements. Any electronic device such as a Radio-controlled model will be a medium or high-risk product. They must meet all the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) requirements. Any wireless radio product such as a radio-controlled model will be subject to the mandated RCM requirements. These 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

A 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

 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:

Radio-controlled models class licence