Updated requirements for EPIRBs and lifejackets on some small vessels
From 1 January 2021, operators of these vessels will have the option to carry either:
- a float-free EPIRB, or
- if all persons on board are wearing a lifejacket, any GNSS (GPS) equipped EPIRB that complies with Australian Standard 4280.1:2017.
The updated requirements also introduce new definitions for:
- Float-free EPIRBs
- float-free brackets
- GNSS equipped EPIRBs
- level flotation
- water-activated EPIRBs.
For more information refer to Edition 1.5 of NSCV sub-section C7B—Communications equipment.
This standard does not include requirements for EPIRBs that are packed in liferafts. Refer to NSCV C7A – Safety Equipment for liferaft requirements.