FAQ


What is ACREM?

ACREM is the Australian Citizens Radio Emergency Monitors Incorporated, a group of volunteers that provide a monitoring service on the CB emergency channels and also represent CB enthusiasts to various government agencies on matters that may affect the CB bands and emergency channels.


What are the objectives of ACREM?

The PRIMARY objectives of ACREM are:

  1. To serve and provide assistance to the community through the use of the CBRS network (27 MHz HF and 477MHz UHF bands), and other forms of radiocommunications, in particular to establish and maintain voluntary monitoring services to process;
    1. emergency communications involving the immediate safety of life of individuals or the immediate protection or safety of property; and
    2. emergency communications involving the potentially immediate safety of life of individuals or the potentially immediate safety of property; and
    3. communications necessary to render assistance to travellers and the community as a whole.
  2. To provide communications support and/or support personnel to recognised emergency services, welfare organisations, and government agencies, during times of need, or when requested.

The SECONDARY objectives of ACREM are:

  1. To provide community organisations, sporting groups, and other organisations with safety communications and/or personnel to assist in safety roles, as required, to help ensure the safety of persons participating in activities and members of the community.
  2. To provide support to community crime prevention and safety programmes.
  3. To do such other lawful things as may appear to be incidental or conductive to the above objects, or any of them, or that may be deemed as beneficial to the community in general.

The PRIMARY goal of ACREM remains the provision of voluntary monitoring services on the CB emergency channels, as detailed in objective (i) of our Primary objectives. All other activities are secondary to this goal.


How do I join ACREM?

To join ACREM simply complete the Apply Online form. Once your application is received you will be contacted to discuss your application and interests further. If you prefer paper forms there is a link on the online application to download a paper form.


What qualifications or experience do I need to join?

None! Those joining ACREM as a Monitor will be trained in basic radio procedures and monitoring techniques. Where you reside some distance from any existing Division or Monitor capable of training you in person, arrangements will be made to complete the training by “distance education” so you are not required to travel great distances just to attend a training weekend.All ACREM Monitor training is available online and/or via internet video conferencing.

If you join as an Associate Member, then there is no training involved as this is a non-operational form of membership.


What equipment do I need to join?

If you wish to become a Monitor you will need to have at least a UHF CB, and preferably a 27MHz SSB CB as well, set up as a base station. A telephone service, preferably a fixed landline close to the radio setup, is also required for Monitors. In some circumstances ACREM may be able to help with short term loans of equipment. Uniforms are optional and are not required by any member unless they choose to buy one. Where uniforms are required for any reason ACREM will endeavour to make these items available at a reasonable cost. Associate Members need no equipment at all to join.


Is ACREM authorised to monitor CB emergency channels?

Yes! In Australia there are no restrictions on who may or may not monitor the CB emergency channels or respond to calls. ANY person (including an individual or “independent monitor”) has the legal right to do this if they so desire, however ACREM, and other similar groups, have been providing these services for many years and train their Monitors in various aspects of radio communications and monitoring procedures. Many independent Monitors also prefer to join a group so they form part of a larger network, and for the backing the group provides when dealing with the various government agencies.

For more information see our Rescue Accreditation page


Is ACREM accredited by any state rescue management authority?

Each state has an authority or body that deals with the regulation, accreditation and operation of the various emergency and rescue services in that state. This authority also makes and implements plans appointing certain groups to provide specific services in cases of emergencies. However, the monitoring of the CB emergency channels does not fall under the control or jurisdiction of these authorities and as such CB emergency monitoring groups or activities are not regulated or accredited by these bodies. ACREM has, in the past, written to various state and federal emergency management agencies seeking that such activities be accredited at a federal level by Emergency Management Australia, however at this stage no emergency management authority has chosen to look at this any further.

For more information see our Rescue Accreditation page


Another CB group is accredited by the NSW State Rescue Board, what about ACREM?

In NSW, “CREST-NSW Inc.” claims to be accredited by the NSW State Rescue Board (SRB) to provide “specialist communications support to the emergency services”. However, the NSW State Rescue Policy clearly states that Support Units (including communications groups) do NOT need to be accredited in order to provide support to the emergency services.

For more information see our Rescue Accreditation page


Are there other CB monitoring groups?

Yes, throughout Australia there are a number of groups providing monitoring services on the CB bands. These include ACRM, ACREM, CARES, CREST, TasVEC, and other groups and individuals. As at June 2017 it is believed that ACREM is the only organisation established as a single national body that operates in more than one state under the one management committee. It is also believed from investigations that the ACREM & ACRM combination presently have coverage in more states than any other group.


What kind of organisation is ACREM?

ACREM is a non-profit organisation, incorporated in NSW and registered with ASIC as an Australian Registered Body. It is also endorsed as a Public Benevolent Institution by the Australian Taxation Office.


Are donations to ACREM tax deductible?

YES! ACREM is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient which means that all donations or gifts to the value of $2 or more are an allowable deduction for income tax purposes. ACREM is the only nationally registered CB monitoring group to hold this endorsement.

 


ACREM provides “security” at some events, are you licensed to do this?

At some events in NSW volunteers from ACREM provide services that some could class as security related. However, as a volunteer group staffed by only volunteers, ACREM is not subject to the requirement to hold a security licence, and neither are the volunteers providing the service.

In an email response the NSW Police Force, Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate (SLED) said:

“The exemption previously offered to your organisation still stands as under section 4 of the Act, volunteers are excluded from requiring to hold a security licence.”

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