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


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

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 if a beacon is activated and contact cannot be made.

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required. Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 Australian Government

Additional information

Analogue Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and Personal Locator Beacons operating on 121.5 MHz are no longer licensed for use and should not be used or offered for sale.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Emergency Response Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Emergency Response Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 406 406
Phone: 02 6279 5777
Fax: 02 6279 5757
Email: ausbeacon@amsa.gov.au