The Citizens Radio Emergency Service Teams is a voluntary emergency organization.
CREST commenced operations in September 1976 in most Australian capital cities and major towns.
The initial role of CREST was to monitor the emergency frequencies on the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS), relaying calls for assistance from the public to the relevant emergency service. This role has since grown to include many forms of specialist communications support for other emergency service and community organizations.
CREST members are often called upon to provide valuable safety communications for schools and sporting clubs for events such as fun runs, bicycle rides and the like.
For Mis-Use of the Emergency Channels such as using for non emergency purposes, an operator can be prosecuted by the ACMA investigators for a Maximum penalty, 2 years imprisonment or a fine up to $165,000.00
Alternatively the ACMA can issue an Infringement Notice for an amount of $220.00 for minor offences.
For interference to an Emergency Call in progress then section 193 of the Radio Communications Act provides for a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment, or, $550,000.00 fine.This type of matter can only be dealt with via a Court.
CREST Victoria supporting the Community - Through Communications