Distress Beacon (406MHz Distress Beacon) Registration - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this if you intend to operate a 406 MHz distress beacon.

If you purchase a new or a used 406 MHz beacon you must register it with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Registration of this type of beacon allows search and rescue organisations to access the registration database and find details of registered vessels, aircraft or vehicles, and details of up to three nominated emergency contacts who may be contacted if a beacon is activated and contact cannot be made.

Analogue EPIRBs and PLBs operating on 121.5 MHz are no longer licensed for use and should not be used or offered for sale.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


Two years.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Emergency Response Division

Act(s) name

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Emergency Response Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6279 5777


1800 406 406


02 6279 5757

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