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.
Key objectives of WICEN are to provide: communications support for emergency services operating in areas where infrastructure has failed or in remote areas where there is no suitable communications infrastructure communications support for community and charitable events needing communications networks beyond regular mobile phone services operators for emergency operations centres
WICEN members undertake additional formal training, supplementing the knowledge required to hold an amateur radio licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
|NSW||WICEN NSW Inc|
|Queensland||Brisbane Area WICEN Group|
|South Australia||WICEN South Australia|
|Western Australia||WICEN Western Australia|
|Northern Territory||WICEN Northern Territory|