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ACMA is the Australian Communications and Media Authority which is responsible for the regulation and allocation of spectrum bandwidth, which includes all radio, TV and satellite communications in Australia. This involves allocating licences for the use of bandwidth where that is required (eg HF radio). ACMA also deals with complaints relating to the misuse, criminal and otherwise, of this spectrum and also with the Internet.


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is is responsible for everything to do with the sea, from navigational aids, to safety, to search and rescue and even to the maritime environment. AMSA's slogan is safe shipping, clean seas and saving lives. AMSA broadcasts Maritime Safety Information (MSIs), allocates Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSIs) and is the parent organisation of RCC Australia.

RCC Australia

The Rescue Coordination Centre Australia (RCC) is the part of AMSA that provides Search and Rescue (SAR) operations spanning the nation and 52.8 million square kilometres of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans. Based in Canberra, RCC Australia is a 24-hour operation which is responsible for coordinating all maritime and aviation SAR operations, as well as for the ground segment of the Cospas-Sarsat distress beacon detection system (EPIRBs).

Tasmania Police

Tasmania Police, like all state police forces, are responsible for all inshore maritime rescue situations. In distress situations Tas Maritime Radio uses its extensive radio network to liaise with the police who may dispatch a police vessel or helicopter to the scene while TMR maintains contact with them and the vessel in distress.