A registered beacon allows AMSA search and rescue to phone your emergency contacts and look up important information to initiate a response as soon as possible.
If your beacon is unregistered, this process will be slower, and the response may be delayed. Beacon registration is valid for two years and must then be renewed.
Whenever your contact details or beacon details change, you must update them with us. Don't wait for your registration to expire before doing this because incorrect contact details can also delay the response.
Find out about changes to EPIRB laws for domestic commercial vessels
From 1 January 2021, new laws covering the carriage of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) will apply to certain types of domestic commercial vessels.
Registering your beacon
You can register your beacon online for free using our app. This process will require you to use your email address as a username. You will also need to create a password. Make sure you save this information in a safe place for future use.
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Buying and selling a beacon
There are three different beacon types. You will need to check out our user guide to find out which beacon is right for you. If you have purchased your beacon second hand, you must update your details with us. If you don't, we won't be able to find you if you are in trouble.
If you have sold a beacon, it is equally as important that you contact us to update your details and let us know your beacon has been sold.
Maritime mobile service identity
You will need a maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number when using certain marine radio communications equipment. This number will assist emergency response services to respond to a distress alert, or another emergency.
Disposing of beacons
It is important that you dispose of your beacon in the right way. There are a number of options for you to dispose of your beacon. These may change according to the state or territory that you live in.