Beacon owner

If you own a distress beacon, it must be registered. Registering your beacon is free and in some cases it is mandatory by law.
Distress beacons

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.

Find out what the changes mean for your DCV operation.

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.

Find out how to register your beacon.

Update my details

To keep your beacon registration current, you will need to update your details. 

Find out how to update your beacon details.

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.

Find out more about buying and selling a beacon.

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.

Find about more about whether you need an MMSI and how to get one.

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.

Find out how to dispose of your beacon in our information brochure.

Last Updated: 

26 October 2020