Australians can now check electromagnetic energy (EME) levels emitted by a selection of mobile base stations in Victoria and New South Wales, using the ACMA’s new online EME checker. The new tool uses data from measurements made by the ACMA at these base stations in 2021 and 2022.
EME is all around us and part of our natural environment. It is emitted by sources like the sun, the earth, the earth’s atmosphere, and even the human body.
The telecommunications infrastructure also produces EME, and all mobile phone base stations in Australia must meet Australian standards. Under these standards, the ACMA verifies that telecommunications operators comply with the EME exposure limits set by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
With the new EME Checker, users can choose from a drop-down list of locations to view the average and maximum EME recorded on the sites we’ve measured. You can also compare data between sites and check ARPANSA limits.
Additional locations will be added to EME Checker as we continue to measure telecommunications sites across Australia.
The ACMA also released EME compliance audits, including measurement data from 129 5G-enabled base station sites across New South Wales. The results showed that all recorded measurements were within 1.2% of the ARPANSA limit, and the majority of sites were within 1% of the limit.
The audits also showed that all telephone companies were meeting their obligations under the 2020 Mobile Base Station Deployment Code.
The EME Auditor is live on the ACMA website and the results of the EME compliance audits have been published.