About Av-Comm

Incorporated in 1981, Av-Comm is a second-generation family-operated business headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Our technicians have over 200 years combined experience in the satellite communications industry working throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Av-Comm is the longest-standing privately-owned satellite communications company in Australia and, as a result, our team is the most experienced and knowledgeable in the region. In December 2019, Av-Comm Pty Ltd acquired STEP Electronics from HILLS Industries. STEP Electronics now operates as a division of Av-Comm, serving the Government, Defence, and Telecommunication industries.

Our values

  • To be at the technological forefront of our industry

  • To empower local & global communities through connectivity

  • Sustainability and efficient use of energy

Meet Our Directors

At Av-Comm, we’re a solutions-focused group of engineers, technicians, product developers and project managers committed to the potential of satellite communications in an evolving and increasingly networked world. We work to deliver solutions that speak to the specific technical needs of our customers and work with a growing network of partners and specialists who believe, as we do, in the integral role satellite communications plays in our modern world.

Michael Cratt

Managing Director

As Managing Director Michael’s focus has been to reinforce our position within the local and international market by identifying industries that strategically align with Av-Comm’s technical expertise and infrastructure, with a strong vision on collaborating with our clients and partners to deliver effective solutions in an ever-evolving industry.

Having extensive experience across implementation and project management, network operations management, systems engineering, and business development. Michael is passionate about the unique needs of the satellite communications industry and the design and implementation of satellite communications systems and networks in an industry on the cutting-edge of technical innovation and social connectivity.

Garry Cratt

Founder/ Director

Av-Comm was founded by Garry Cratt and was born out of an interest in the new technology of the day : Satellite Television. Av-Comm provided the first domestic Ku Band system in Australia which gave many people their first connection with the world outside of their local community.

Garry Cratt is a satellite communications and infrastructure industry expert. He has over 40 years of senior management experience, including executive leadership positions with several industry leading companies and was an influential member of the Dick Smith Electronics management team before establishing Av-Comm in 1981.

Garry is also the author of the Practical Guide to Satellite Television, one of the industries most trusted handbooks for satellite installers having sold over 5000 copies Australia wide.