Get an automatic identification system
Get the right automatic identification system (AIS) for your vessel.
You will need to decide whether you need a shipborne or non-shipborne AIS.
These are carried onboard vessels.
These are not carried onboard vessels. There are two types of non-shipborne AIS:
- AIS Aids to navigation (AtoN).
- AIS base stations.
Flowcharts for establishing AIS
What do I need to do?
To apply for a shipborne AIS, you will need a maritime mobile service identity (MMSI).
We allocate MMSI’s to people who own a vessel that have AIS units (or digital selective calling (DSC) capable equipment).
To apply for a MMSI you must already have:
- An ACMA maritime ship station licence and callsign for an MF/HF transceiver.
- A vessel registered in Australia (except Northern Territory).
- Marine radio operator qualifications.
See the MMSI information page for more details and to apply for an MMSI.