Volunteering for Radio Operation Duties

Hi, I’m Peter McNamara and I’m the Radio Officer for VMR Bribie Island.

If you are here then clearly you are interested in becoming a radio operator. That’s great but there are a few things that you need to understand before we begin.  

Please ensure you understand the following and if you have any queries then please call me on 0413 083 184 or click here to send me an email.

Warm Regards, Peter

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 attached 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. In addition, prospective radio operators are required to attend a 6 week 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 active members who also become SES members and are covered under the SES Insurance and Workcover scheme, while on duty. Primary emphasis is placed on safety, with safety of our people and the public being the first priority in all we do.

Duty Roster

Basic radio duty involves a rostered morning, midday or afternoon shift one or more times per month. Duty hours are from 05:00 to 10:00, 10:00 to 14:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 respectively although 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.

How to Apply

If you have any questions, please contact me, Peter McNamara, on 0413 083 184 or click here to send me an email. If you wish to apply, please download and complete the application form.

Download the Application for Radio Duty Form 1366442569 pdf

Complete and forward it to:-

The Radio Officer
VMR Bribie Island
P O Box 85
BRIBIE ISLAND QLD 4507

or drop it in at the base or scan and email it to me.

You will be contacted for an orientation meeting to confirm your application and further explain the process.

Job Description - RADIO OPERATOR #JD-RO-00

Radio Operators must be:-

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