A major upgrade to the 406 MHz distress beacon registration system was released in September 2015.
The system delivers an improved customer interface that works on all major computing, mobile phone and tablet devices. Where beacon registration is mandatory, users will now also be able to provide proof of registration using several mechanisms such as SMS and email.
The successful release of this upgrade was the culmination of almost two and a half years work in design, planning, development and implementation by the project team. This included a media campaign coordinated in advance of the release to ensure users were engaged and well informed of the new system, and a partnership with the state and territory maritime agencies for their work with recreational boaters.
The beacon registration system to date has over 309,000 online accounts, with approximately 445,000 beacons and an average growth of 60,000 beacons per annum. Despite the steady increase in beacon registration, the team has experienced:
The higher level of online activity demonstrates that the updated online registration system is achieving its key objectives of providing a mobile friendly and easier means of registering a beacon and ensuring that registration details are up to date.