About Us

STEP Electronics is the premier supplier of satellite communications equipment and hardware throughout Australia and the South Pacific. STEP offers a comprehensive range of solutions from leading manufacturers informed by unrivaled experience and expertise.

Founded in 1995, STEP has a rich history of supplying equipment and hardware solutions to Government, Defence and the Telecommunications industry.

Now a division of Av-Comm Pty Ltd, since its acquisition from HILLS Industries in 2019, STEP offers its customers industry-leading integrated solutions to the most diverse range of telecommunications challenges.

STEP is proudly Australian owned and operated, headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Our Values

  • Vendor agnostic, outcome driven approach to our customer’s needs.

  • A commitment to industry best-practice and creativity, where collaborative efforts work to maximise our client’s vision.

  • To empower local communities by connecting them to the global community and championing the local telecommunications industry.

  • Champion sustainability and the efficient use of energy in the design of our projects and systems.

Meet Our Directors

At STEP Electronics, 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 STEP’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.

Our Partners