ARPANSA Base Station Survey 2007- 2013

Mobile phone base station From 2007 to 2013 ARPANSA coordinated a survey of environmental radio frequency electromagnetic energy (RF EME) levels arising from mobile phone base station antennas.

The purpose of this survey was to confirm that the highest levels of measured RF EME due to these antennas is within the limits set by the ARPANSA radiofrequency exposure standard RPS3 and consistent with the predictions made in the Environmental EME Report relevant to that installation.

Background information on the survey methodology is available using the navigation links on the left.

Summary results

Suburb/Town Address State Date
RF Level
(% of exposure limits)
Merewether Townson Oval, Merewether Street NSW May 2013 0.268%
Lennox Head 20 North Creek Road NSW May 2013 3.433%
Skennars Head 2A Basalt Court NSW May 2013 0.060%
Shepparton 20 Fraser Street VIC April 2013 0.434%
Alfredton Learmonth Street VIC Feb 2013 0.152%
Sunbury The Heights, Jackson's Hill Estate VIC July 2012 1.311%
Maidstone 31A Hampstead Road VIC May 2012 0.559%
Drummoyne 224 Victoria Road NSW Aug 2011 1.182%
Ermington 700 Victoria Road NSW Aug 2011 0.423%
Heidelberg Heights 23, 27 & 33-35 Southern Road VIC Dec 2010 0.265%
Roxburgh Park 180 Somerton Road VIC Dec 2010 0.315%
Bulleen East 123A Thompsons Road VIC Jun 2010 1.334%
Calamvale Corner of Beaudesert & Compton Roads QLD Oct 2009 0.051%
Palmerston 65 Chung Wah Terrace NT Oct 2009 0.890%
Wynnum North 14 Mungala Street QLD Oct 2009 0.065%
Holt Playing Fields, Ormsby Place ACT Aug 2009 0.127%
Lalor 320 Station Street VIC May 2009 0.194%
Lower Sandy Bay Sandown Park, Long Point Road TAS May 2009 0.277%
Pascoe Vale Rayner Reserve, Devon Road VIC Apr 2009 0.316%
City Beach Lot 245 Kilpa Court WA Dec 2007 0.303%
Oaklands Park Warradale Barracks SA Dec 2007 0.579%
Beaconsfield 20 Moran Street WA Nov 2007 0.009%
Bli Bli Whitecross Road QLD Nov 2007 0.026%
Bathurst 230 Howick Street NSW Oct 2007 <0.001%
Rosemeadow Lot 1 Appin Road NSW Oct 2007 0.109%
South Coogee 175 Malabar Road NSW Sep 2007 1.163%
Goodwood 147 Goodwood Road SA Aug 2007 0.132%
Sandringham 48 Bay Road VIC Apr 2007 0.505%

Individual reports published 2007- 2013 can be accessed at the National Library of Australia's Australian Government Web Archive.

View these results as a graph or summary results on an expanded scale (5% of limit).

Survey management and funding: How is this survey being funded and who is making the decisions?

Choosing the base stations: How the base stations were selected for inclusion in this survey.

Taking the measurements: How and where the levels of radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (EME) were measured.

Australian exposure limits: There are limits on the levels of EME to which the public may be exposed. What are these limits for mobile phone signals?

Reporting the measurements: The results presented are summaries of hundreds of measurements taken near each base station. How are the values obtained?

Base station frequency bands: Australia uses several mobile phone technologies that can operate in one of four frequency bands in the microwave part of the spectrum. Knowing the frequencies used for each technology makes it easier to understand the measurements.