Welcome to ACREM-VIC

Victoria is currently the most southern state of Australian Citizens Radio Emergency Monitors Inc. (ACREM), after volunteers in Victoria chose to join following the move by ACREM to a national based organisation.

ACREM is incorporated in NSW under the Associations Incorporation Act, but is also registered through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as an Australian Registered Body under the (federal) Corporations Act. This means ACREM is entitled to operate in any Australian state or territory. It is also registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and is classified by the Australian Taxation Office as a Public Benevolent Institution and Deductible Gift Recipient (donations or gifts to the value of $2 or more are tax deductible.)

Emergency & Safety Communications

ACREM volunteers provide a monitoring service on the Citizen Band Radio Service (CBRS or CB) government designated emergency channels. These channels (channels 5 and 35 on UHF, channel 9 on HF) have been set aside by federal legislation for emergency and assistance calls only. (see our page on CB emergency channels).

But ACREM volunteers aren’t necessarily limited to just monitoring. Members in the past have helped with communications during fires and storms, and provided safety communications for community events; although it must be remembered that our primary role is always a home based monitoring service for the CB emergency channels.

Helping the Community

ACREM has commenced the installation and activation of UHF CB emergency channel (5/35) repeaters in Victoria, as well as other states of Australia, even where no ACREM monitors currently operate. This is to assist the local communities with a back-up emergency radiocommunications network using a radio system common in rural communities. If you would like to know more about this project you can contact us, or if you would like to help monitor these repeaters complete our online membership application.

Current Victorian 5/35 ACREM repeaters include:

  • LAW05 – Lawloit
  • HRW05 – Harrow
Lawloit 5/35
Site of the first Victorian ACREM 5/35 repeater in Lawloit, Victoria.

For more information on ACREM 5/35 repeaters visit our Repeater Page.

We Need Help!

ACREM is 100% volunteer and non-profit. We receive no form of government backing or regular funding, relying heavily on member support and donations. Repeaters and radio equipment used to assist our communities cost money (a single repeater can cost as much as $10,000 – $15,000 by the time it’s operational), and often our own volunteers help fund this. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help us save lives then please visit our Online Donation page.

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