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Hire of Personal Locator Beacons (EPIRBs)

Personal Locator Beacon


Personal Locator Beacons


Service Tasmania operates a commercial Personal Locator Beacons (or EPIRB) hiring service for all outdoor pursuit enthusiasts.

Units are able to be hired from Service Tasmania shops in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport - phone 1300 135 513. During busy periods, it may be necessary to book.

You will need to present photo identification when collecting your Personal Locator Beacon.

Hires will be on a weekly basis (7 days increments) with a fee of $40.00 per seven days. No refunds are available under any circumstances.

To speed up your hire, complete the PLB (EPIRB) hire form [PDF 184 Kb] and present this at the Service Tasmania counter. Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions of hire.

If you are under 18 and wish to hire a PLB you will need to get your parent or guardian to complete the PLB Parent Guardian Hire Agreement [PDF 56 KB] and follow the procedure above.

All walkers are urged to ensure they always walk within their capabilities. Walk with suitably experienced friends, watch the weather and make your intentions known to family and friends. Ensure they have enough details to aid rescue organisations should you not return by your due date.

Read our online "Before You Walk" information before you set out.

Personal Locator Beacons and EPIRBs can also be hired from www.epirbhire.com.au and www.bushwalkingblog.com.au/plb-hire.

Search and rescue personnel often have to put their own lives at risk when they respond to an EPIRB or PLB signal – it is essential to understand that an EPIRB or PLB must only be activated in a serious emergency situation. 

Further Information

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority hosts a web site on distress beacons (EPIRBs), with information on the change from 1 February 2009 from the analogue 121.5 MHz to the digital 406 MHz distress beacon.