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Marine Safety Regulation

Public consultation is now underway on proposed changes to the regulation of marine safety in NSW.

The proposed Marine Safety Regulation 2015 would replace the Marine Safety (General) Regulation 2009 with a number of changes to promote safety, reduce red tape and improve administrative efficiency.

The most significant changes include:

  • Reforms to boat driver licensing, including streamlining licence classes and application requirements, simplifying the fee structure, reducing fees for PWC licences and the introduction of a ten year boat licence.
  • New lifejacket standards will be adopted and requirements for wearing lifejackets will be simplified.
  • Vessels will no longer need to display a registration label or trade plate.
  • New requirements to enhance safety including more rigorous safe distance requirements, restrictions on riding on the bow of a vessel, speed restrictions when towing a person under 18 years of age, powers to manage the operation of wake boats, require kill switch lanyards to be worn where fitted on vessels under 4.8m and new powers to issue directions to commercial vessels to manage waterway safety.
  • Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic licences.
  • Changes to some penalty levels and disqualification periods.

Read the proposed Marine Safety Regulation 2015 (pdf 794KB) and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement (pdf 536KB).

Submissions have now closed.