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Review of NSW boat driver licensing

The Centre for Maritime Safety of Transport for NSW is carrying out a review of boat driver licensing in NSW and is seeking your comments.

The aims of the review include to:

  • examine options to streamline the licensing system
  • reduce red tape for the boating community
  • achieve greater alignment between vessel licensing and registration requirements
  • where appropriate, achieve greater harmonisation with the road driver licensing system.

The review considers when a licence is required, the classification and duration of licences, the process for obtaining a licence and licence fees. Waterway management matters are outside the scope of this review.

The discussion paper provides an overview of the current boat driver licensing system, considers licensing requirements in other jurisdictions and outlines proposals for change.

Review of NSW Boat Driver Licensing (pdf 1.6MB)

Submissions have now closed.