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Boating statistics

It is vital to monitor, analyse and interpret statistics to better understand and respond to safety issues statewide.

We work with data captured by RMS on boating data ranging from licence and registration trends, through to complaints and incidents statewide. This work helps to underpin the policy and strategic approach to ensure safe and responsible boating in NSW.

This analysis is helping to identify the broader regulatory and education programs for NSW. This shows that lifejackets are perhaps the single most important issue in preventing loss of life when boating and led to the major statewide campaign: Wear a Lifejacket – it never ruined a day on the water.

"Fatal incidents per 100,000 registered recreational vessels by financial year: 2005=4.92; 2006= 3.82; 2007=6.09;2008=5.07; 2009=4.5; 2010=8.83; 2011=4.03; 2012=5.74; 2013=9.62; 2014=3.02; 2015=7.32; 2016=4.30