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NSW Boating Now Program

An infrastructure delivery program to provide state-wide improvements for boating.

The NSW Boating Now Program provides grant funding for maritime infrastructure and facilities needed across NSW for safe, accessible and enjoyable recreational and commercial boating. This investment also supports broader economic and social benefits for local communities and visitors.


The Program is funded from boating licence and registration fees which are reinvested back in to initiatives that improve boating in local communities.

Boating Now started in 2014 and has supported the delivery of over 200 boating projects to NSW communities.


The Program benefits boaters and communities across NSW by:

  • Improving the boating experience for customers by identifying projects that give water users better access, storage and boating facilities
  • Improving safety by improving the quality of infrastructure and improving safe access to NSW waterways
  • Enabling economic development by supporting increased boating participation and growth in boating-related tourism and marine industries
  • Facilitating places for people by improving public amenities and facilitating the improvement and activation of harbours and foreshore precincts.

The Program is part of the NSW Maritime Infrastructure Plan 2019 - 2024 which sets out the approach to NSW Government investment in maritime infrastructure.

Boating Now Round Three

Boating Now Round Three is open to local government, government agencies and authorities, community groups, the private sector and other boating stakeholders. 

The Round Three registration of interest stage has now closed and registered applicants are invite to submit formal applications by 27 Match 2020.

Visit the Boating Now webpage for more information.