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No EPIRB registration stickers from September 2015

From September 2015 the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will no longer issue stickers as proof of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs or beacons) registration.  This change affects vessel and aircraft owners who are required to carry a registered beacon.

Vessel and aircraft owners are still required by law to provide proof of beacon registration if asked by authorities. You must use one of the following alternative methods from 15 September 2015 to do this:

  • Email registration—Carry a printed copy of your email registration confirmation when using your vessel or aircraft.
  • SMS registration—Save your SMS registration confirmation in your phone and have it with you when using your vessel or aircraft.
  • Post printed registration—If you don’t have an email address or mobile phone, ask for a copy of your registration confirmation to be mailed to you and carry it with you when using your vessel or aircraft.
  • Mobile beacon system—Owners and inspectors will be able to enter the beacon’s HEX ID into a new beacon system on their mobile device to confirm whether the beacon is registered. More details about this will be available closer to September 2015.

For more information on these changes and to ensure you have the right proof of beacon registration from 15 September 2015 visit

Beacon registration: From September 2015, AMSA will no longer issue beacon registration stickers.
Last updated
11 April 2019