International Code of Signals - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this code if you operate a fishing vessel in order to communicate from a fishing vessel.

The operator of a fishing vessel must have an up-to-date copy on board and accessible at all times.

The International Code of Signals is intended for communications between ships, aircraft and authorities ashore during situations related to the safety of navigation and persons; it is especially useful when language difficulties arise. The code is suitable for transmission by all means of communication, including radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

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Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1991 AG

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management Regulations 1992 AG

Administering agency

Australian Fisheries Management Authority


Contact details

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Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Operating address: Level 6
73 Northbourne Ave
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address: PO BOX 7051
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610
Phone: 1300 723 621
Phone: 02 6225 5555
Fax: 02 6225 5500