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 produced by these antennas was 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.

The limits in the ARPANSA Standard have been determined on the basis of established health effects and include safety margins. They are designed to protect all members of the public including those sometimes thought to be particularly vulnerable (the elderly, the infirm, pregnant women and children).

ARPANSA selected measurement sites to cover the wide range of network operators, technologies, geography and type of installations.

Measurements of the vast scale required for this survey were made possible with financial support from the Mobile Carriers Forum (MCF), a division of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA). However, to maintain independence, the measurements were conducted by consultants from companies appointed by ARPANSA and accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). The data were obtained following the established ARPANSA measurement protocol.

The table below summarises the measurements covered by the survey and shows the levels of RF EME as a percentage of the public exposure limit set in the ARPANSA radiofrequency exposure standard. All measurements in this survey were well below the limits in the ARPANSA Standard. Further, the measurements were generally below the levels reported in the Environmental EME report.

Summary results

RF Level
(% of exposure limits)
MerewetherTownson Oval, Merewether StreetNSWMay 20130.268%
Lennox Head20 North Creek RoadNSWMay 20133.433%
Skennars Head2A Basalt CourtNSWMay 20130.060%
Shepparton20 Fraser StreetVICApril 20130.434%
AlfredtonLearmonth StreetVICFeb 20130.152%
SunburyThe Heights, Jackson's Hill EstateVICJuly 20121.311%
Maidstone31A Hampstead RoadVICMay 20120.559%
Drummoyne224 Victoria RoadNSWAug 20111.182%
Ermington700 Victoria RoadNSWAug 20110.423%
Heidelberg Heights23, 27 & 33-35 Southern RoadVICDec 20100.265%
Roxburgh Park180 Somerton RoadVICDec 20100.315%
Bulleen East123A Thompsons RoadVICJun 20101.334%
CalamvaleCorner of Beaudesert & Compton RoadsQLDOct 20090.051%
Palmerston65 Chung Wah TerraceNTOct 20090.890%
Wynnum North14 Mungala StreetQLDOct 20090.065%
HoltPlaying Fields, Ormsby PlaceACTAug 20090.127%
Lalor320 Station StreetVICMay 20090.194%
Lower Sandy BaySandown Park, Long Point RoadTASMay 20090.277%
Pascoe ValeRayner Reserve, Devon RoadVICApr 20090.316%
City BeachLot 245 Kilpa CourtWADec 20070.303%
Oaklands ParkWarradale BarracksSADec 20070.579%
Beaconsfield20 Moran StreetWANov 20070.009%
Bli BliWhitecross RoadQLDNov 20070.026%
Bathurst230 Howick StreetNSWOct 2007<0.001%
RosemeadowLot 1 Appin RoadNSWOct 20070.109%
South Coogee175 Malabar RoadNSWSep 20071.163%
Goodwood147 Goodwood RoadSAAug 20070.132%
Sandringham48 Bay RoadVICApr 20070.505%

At these low levels of exposure to RF EME, it is the assessment of ARPANSA and international health authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation (ICNIRP) that there is no established scientific evidence to support adverse health effects.

For more information about mobile phone base stations see mobile phone base stations and health.

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