Role statement - Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network

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.


Critical task alignment / activity source



Participate and support local government in organising and conducting exercises identifying different communication strategies

1.2, 1.6


Response (including Relief)


Provision of appropriately trained radio operators to support agencies upon request



Provision of limited capability communications or supplementary facilities for and between response and/or recovery agencies, specifically provision of alternate systems when existing systems are not functional or do not exist

3.3, 3.4


Provision of limited capability communications between response, relief or recovery agencies and the community where conventional communications facilities are not available or not functional





WICEN works with DJPR (as lead Government liaison) to provide alternate, limited capability communications networks where required

3.2, 3.5, 19.7, 19.8


Assurance and Learning


For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.