Australian VHF Frequency and Usage Table

Australia makes use of the International Frequency Plan meaning there are approximately 59 VHF channels which includes (2) channels dedicated to AIS, the Automatic Identification System, available.

Weather broadcasts are made by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology on channels 21, 72, 73, 80, 81 and 82. Additionally, many marine weather forecasts are broadcast on channel 67 by volunteer organizations. Broadcast announcements of pending weather traffic are made on channel 16.


Australian VHF Marine Radio Channel Sticker

Complete List of Australian VHF Frequencies and Usage

Updated to reflect new VHF frequencies as of 01 January 2017.

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Australian VHF Frequencies and Usage

Channel Number Ship Transmit MHz Ship Receive MHz Use Notes
01 156.050 156.650 Public Correspondence  
02 156.100 160.700 Public Correspondence  
03 156.150 160.750 Public Correspondence  
04 156.200 160.800 Public Correspondence  
05 156.250 156.850 Public Correspondence  
06 156.300 156.300 Safety, Commercial, & Port Operations Coordinated Search and Rescue. Commercial & Port Operations. Ship Stations - Calling and working. May be used for search and rescue communications between ships and aircraft.
2006 160.900 160.900 Restricted This channel is restricted for experimental use only and not available for general use.
07 156.350 160.950    
08 156.400 156.400 Commercial & Port Operations Tug & Pilot Boat Services. Port Operations. Ship Stations - Calling and Working.
09 156.450 156.450 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations. Calling and Working.
10 156.500 156.500 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations. Calling and Working.
11 156.550 156.550 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations. Calling and Working.
12 156.600 156.600 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations. Calling and Working.
13 156.650 156.650 Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-bridge) International Navigation Safety Channel. May also be used for ship movement and port operations. Limited Coast Stations Calling and Working
14 156.700 156.700 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations. Calling and Working.
15 156.750 156.750 Environmental Spills, Shipping Accidents, & Ocean Environment Protection.
16 156.800 156.800 International Distress, Urgency, Safety and Calling
17 156.850 156.850 State Control Inland Waterways Control.
18 156.900 161.500 Special Use Where Authorized
19 156.950 161.550    
1019 156.950 156.950 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
2019 161.550 161.550 Port Operations and Ship Movemenst  
20 157.000 161.600 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations. Calling and Working.
1020 157.000 157.000 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
2020 161.600 161.600 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
21 157.050 161.650 Safety Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations via repeaters. Vessel movements and safety of vessels and persons. BOM WX.
22 157.100 161.700 Safety Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations via repeaters. Vessel movements and safety of vessels and persons.
23 157.150 161.750 Public Correspondence  
24 157.200 161.800 Public Correspondence  
25 157.250 161.850 Public Correspondence  
26 157.300 161.900 Public Correspondence  
27 157.350 161.950 Public Correspondence  
28 157.400 162.000 Public Correspondence  
60 156.025 160.625 Public Correspondence  
61 156.075 160.675 Public Correspondence  
62 156.125 160.725 Public Correspondence  
63 156.175 160.775 Public Correspondence  
64 156.225 160.825 Public Correspondence  
65 156.275 160.875 Public Correspondence  
66 156.325 160.925 Public Correspondence  
67 156.375 156.375 Distress and Calling Distress, Urgency, safety and routine calling Supplements Channel 16. Limited Coast & Ship Stations.
68 156.425 156.425 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations. Calling and Working.
69 156.475 156.475 Australian Navy Australian Naval Operations.
70 156.525 156.525 Digital Selective Calling for Distress, Urgency, Safety and Calling. (Voice Communications Prohibited)
71 156.575 156.575 Fishing Professional Fishing Vessels. Limited Coast and Ship Stations.
72 156.625 156.625 Fishing, Commercial, Port Operations, & Non-Commercial Professional Fishing Vessels, Commercial Vessels, Yachts and Pleasure Vessels. Ship stations, Calling and Working. BOM WX.
73 156.675 156.675 Non-Commercial Limited Coast and Ship Stations. Yachts and Pleasure Vessels. Calling and Working. BOM WX.
74 156.725 156.725 Commercial Limited Coast and Ship Stations. Calling and Working.
75 156.775 156.775 Intership Ship To Ship Navigation Communications Only. (1 watt)
76 156.825 156.825 Intership Ship To Ship Navigation Communications Only. (1 watt)
77 156.875 156.875 Fishing & Non-Commercial Professional Fishing Vessels, Yachts and Pleasure Vessels.  Ship Stations Calling and Working.
78 156.925 161.525 Commercial Limited Coast Stations.  Calling & Working.
1078 156.925 156.925 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
2078 161.525 161.525 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
79 156.975 161.575 Port Operations Limited Coast Stations.  Calling & Working.
1079 156.975 156.975 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
2079 161.575 161.575 Port Operations and Ship Movements  
80 157.025 161.625 Safety Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations via repeaters. Vessel Movements and Safety of Vessels and Persons. BOM WX.
81 157.075 161.675 Safety Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations via repeaters. Vessel Movements and Safety of Vessels and Persons. BOM WX.
82 157.125 161.725 Safety Limited Coast Stations and Ship Stations via repeaters. Vessel Movements and Safety of Vessels and Persons. BOM WX.
83 157.175 161.775 Public Correspondence  
84 157.225 161.825 Public Correspondence  
85 157.275 161.875 Public Correspondence  
86 157.325 161.925 Public Correspondence  
87 157.375 157.375    
88 157.425 157.425 Public Correspondence  
AIS 1 161.975 161.975 AIS Automatic Ship Identification and Surveillance System.
AIS 2 162.025 162.025 AIS Automatic Ship Identification and Surveillance System.
 

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