EPIRBs and PLBs
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are used on ships or boats, and Personal Locator Beacons (PLB's) are used on persons. PLBs are not a substitute for a personal EPIRB when adhering to State and Territory marine regulations.
Ensure you have the correct distress beacon for your own safety and the safety of your crew. Registration of your 406 MHz Distress Beacon is valid for two years. A registration sticker will not be issued until your beacon registration details are validated as current. A fine may result if a current sticker is not affixed to a beacon during a safety equipment inspection.
From January 1st 2019, self-deploying EPIRBs will become a mandatory requirement onboard certain commercial vessels, as part of new marine safety laws announced by AMSA. Read more here.
For information on the individual State and Territory carriage requirements, click on the link to the relevant state authority below:
IMPORTANT DISTRESS BEACON INFORMATION