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Maritime coast licence

A maritime coast licence is for radiocommunications equipment on land. The equipment operates on maritime frequencies.

What a maritime coast licence is for

A maritime coast licence lets you operate one or more stations that:

  • are on land
  • are mainly to communicate with a maritime ship station
  • operate on maritime frequencies

If you wish to use other frequencies, you may need a different apparatus licence.

The stations may communicate with:

  • land mobile stations
  • remote land stations
  • stations on aircraft that are not aircraft stations

There are 5 options for maritime coast licences.

You must be qualified to operate a maritime coast station.

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines the various types of maritime coast stations.

What you cannot do under this licence

We do not allow maritime stations to be operated under this licence from private residences, including caravan parks.

Licence conditions

When you have a maritime coast licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.

We will give you a call sign or explain how to create one when we give you a licence.

If you are a major coast station using DSC facilities, you must transmit using a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) allocated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

You should use your call sign:

  • every time you start to transmit
  • before you transmit in a series
  • when you test

Call sign template for maritime coast licences


Maritime coast call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VKA714)


first 2 alpha characters: VJ, VK, VL, VM, VN, VZ, or AX. The third character is any alpha


numeric character 2 to 9


numeric character 0 to 9


We charge fees for apparatus licences.

In some circumstances, you can apply for a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for a maritime coast licence

To apply for a maritime coast assigned licence, you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • assign you a frequency
  • give you a frequency assignment certificate
  • apply for your licence for you

To apply for a maritime coast non-assigned licence, you should:

Transfer a maritime coast licence

You can apply to:

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