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Marine safety legislation

The new Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) commenced on 1 July 2012.

The Act and Regulations modernise and strengthen Victoria's marine safety laws. It is the most significant reform in the regulation of recreational and commercial boating in 20 years.

Details of these reforms are contained in the new Marine Safety Regulations.

For more information about the of new requirements and how they affect you, please visit the Transport Safety Victoria website.

About the Marine Safety Act 2010

The Marine Safety Act was passed by Parliament on Friday 17 September 2010 but came into effect on 1 July 2012.

The Act improves safety on Victorian waterways by:

  • introducing tougher penalties for those who flout rules and put safety at risk
  • giving additional enforcement tools to address widespread non-compliance with waterway rules
  • improving the framework to ensure vessels are fit for purpose and those who operate them have the skills to do so safely
  • setting out accountabilities for all parties in the chain of responsibility for marine safety
  • introducing broader testing powers for drugs and alcohol.

For information on the process leading up to the passing of the Act, including the extensive stakeholder consultation, see the Review of the Marine Act 1988 page.

Page last reviewed on 13 January 2017

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