WICEN Australia

WICEN consists of a number of state or territory based volunteer emergency communications service organisations whose members are primarily licensed amateur radio operators. Members are accredited to assist in emergency situations and are able to provide emergency and safety communications for other agencies when conventional communications networks fail or are inadequate. Emergency radio networks can be assembled quickly, taking advantage of both amateur radio frequencies and services and licenced non-amateur frequency allocations.

Each WICEN entity operates independently under appropriate local, state, or other disaster plans.

Key objectives of WICEN are to provide: communications support for emergency services operating in areas where infrastructure has failed or in remote areas where there is no suitable communications infrastructure communications support for community and charitable events needing communications networks beyond regular mobile phone services operators for emergency operations centres

WICEN members undertake additional formal training, supplementing the knowledge required to hold an amateur radio licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Victoria WICEN Victoria
Queensland Brisbane Area WICEN Group
South Australia WICEN South Australia
Western Australia WICEN Western Australia
Tasmania WICEN Tasmania
Northern Territory WICEN Northern Territory