Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN signs)

The Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) system is a coding system, designed to improve emergency response times by installing signs with unique numbers at beach access points.

These signs will provide specific location information, vital when emergency services are deployed in the event of a shark sighting, attack or other beach emergencies.

In an emergency situation, please dial 000 and quote the unique code and location information on the nearest BEN sign. 

Signs are primarily located at beach access points determined by the LGA in consultation with DPIRD, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and relevant stakeholders.

BEN signs will be progressively installed in participating LGA areas and are currently located in:

BEN sign locations can be viewed on the SharkSmart activity map.

Frequently Asked Questions

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