|Once the Minister for Communications, Information
Economy and the Arts assigned parts of the radiofrequency
spectrum to the ABA for planning and management, the ABA
then established planning priorities between areas of
Australia. The ABA prepared a frequency allotment plan
determining the number of channels available in particular
areas and is preparing licence area plans determining
the number and characteristics of broadcasting services
to be available in an area.
In performing these tasks, the ABA must undertake wide
public consultation and have regard to a range of demographic,
social and economic factors within a particular area.