Weather Broadcasts via Inmarsat SafetyNET

Inmarsat SafetyNET weather services

Inmarsat Standard-C equipment required
The Bureau of Meteorology provides a range of marine forecasts and warnings via the Inmarsat system. Services for METAREA X are provided for Bass Strait, Torres Strait, Western Australian and Northern Territory coastal waters and for the Australian high seas areas.

These broadcasts are provided as part of the International Maritime Safety Information broadcast service to shipping, under the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.

Australian SafetyNET weather bulletins schedule

Satellite Forecast type Areas Times
Pacific Ocean High seas North Eastern, South Eastern,
Western, Northern
1100, 2300 UTC
Pacific Ocean Coastal waters Bass Strait

Torres Strait

Northern Territory
(Cape Fourcroy to NT-Qld Border)

0530 LST; 1930 UTC*
1715 LST; 0715 UTC*

0445 LST; 1845 UTC
1600 LST; 0600 UTC

0445 LST; 1915 UTC
1600 LST; 0630 UTC

Indian Ocean High seas Western 1030, 2330 UTC
Indian Ocean Coastal waters Western Australia
Northern Territory
(WA-NT Border to Cape Fourcroy)
0430 LST; 2030 UTC
1630 LST; 0830 UTC

Note: LST = Local Standard Time (which adjusts for daylight saving times)
* Broadcast is made at the same LST all year round, however UTC time changes 1 hour later during Australian Daylight Saving Time.

Australian SafetyNET weather warnings schedule

Warnings are broadcast as they are issued by Bureau forecasting centres, with one repeat after 6 minutes.