Radiocommunications (406 MHz Satellite Distress Beacons) Standard 2014 - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this standard if you intend to manufacture, supply, sell or modify a 406 MHz satellite distress beacon.

The purpose of this standard is to ensure that radiocommunications equipment achieves a satisfactory level of performance prior to use.

The technical requirements of this standard are drawn from both:

  • AS / NZS 4280.1:2022 406 Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) Cospas-Sarsat EPIRB - Emergency position indicating radio beacon operating on 406 MHz - Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results
  • AS / NZS 4280.2:2023 406 MHz Satellite Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).

Please note that if you are importing a radiocommunication device for the sole purpose of use at a significant event it may be exempt from this standard.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Radiocommunications Act 1992 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Radiocommunications (406 MHz Satellite Distress Beacons) Standard 2005 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Communications Infrastructure

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