If you are here, you may be interested in becoming a radio operator. That’s great!

There are a few things that you need to understand about Marine Rescue Bribie Radio Operations.

Requirements of Radio Operators

Prospective radio operators are required to meet certain standards in relation to health, fitness, attitude and aptitude before being accepted as trainees. Above all, is the need to remain calm, organised and focused when things get occasionally hectic or an emergency is underway. A Job Description for a radio operator is included and will assist applicants in understanding the requirements.

All radio operators must have a current Marine Radio Operator Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) either obtained elsewhere or at one of our twice yearly training courses.

All radio operators are active members. Primary emphasis is placed on safety, with safety of our people and the public being the first priority in all we do.

Training of Radio Operators

Prospective radio operators are required to attend a 6 week Local Area orientation (1 night per week) to gain an understanding of local landmarks, protocols and procedures. At the end of the orientation those members who have passed the final assessment will be appointed as a Trainee Radio Operator and rostered for duty alongside an experienced radio operator.

Progression to full Radio Operator status is at the discretion of the Radio Officer but generally takes about 6 months to achieve.

All Radio Operators are expected to maintain a regime of training in radio operations and crisis management.

Duty Roster

Basic radio duty involves a rostered morning, midday or afternoon shift as often as requested. 

Duty hours are from

  • Morning Shift 05:00 to 10:00,
  • Mid Day Shift 10:00 to 14:00 and
  • Afternoon Shift 14:00 to 18:00.

Afternoon shift hours may extend if an incident is in progress. During the week the duty radio operator also assumes the role and responsibilities of the Duty Officer.

Radio operators also have the opportunity of participating in the call out crew as a radio operator. This involves being on call each month whenever available and rostered but is generally only practicable for operators who live within 20 minutes of the base.

Job Description – RADIO OPERATOR #JD-RO-00

Radio Operators must be:-

  • Clear and concise over the airwaves and capable of following standard radio protocols and procedures.
  • Organised, methodical and persistent in gathering and relaying information.
  • Computer literate, at a basic level, or willing to develop the necessary basic skills.
  • Able to remain calm and focused for extended periods especially during emergency situations.
  • Able to work effectively in a team situation including liaison with external organisations.
  • Able to understand, accept and act on instructions, including compliance with standard operating procedures, as required.
  • Familiar (after training) with the operation of the base and associated office equipment.
  • Qualified in First Aid and CPR from a recognised RTO or willing to undertake this training.
  • In possession of a current Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP).
  • Must be reliable and available for rostered duties.

How to Apply

Option 1 - Online Application

Option 2 - Download the Form and Complete


1. Post the form to:

The Radio Officer
VMR Bribie Island
PO Box 85

2. Scan and email the form to RadioOfficer@vmrbribie.com or 

3. Drop the completed form at the Marine Rescue Base.

At the earliest opportunity you will be contacted for an orientation meeting to confirm your application and further explain the process.

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