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Marine Safety Regulation 2016

From 1 July 2016, the Marine Safety Regulation 2016 replaces the Marine Safety (General) Regulation 2009. The Marine Safety Regulation 2016 has been designed 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 and the introduction of a 10-year boat licence
  • New lifejacket standards and simplified requirements for wearing lifejackets
  • Vessels no longer need to display a registration label or trade plate
  • Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic licences
  • Changes to some penalty levels and disqualification periods.

More about the Marine Safety Regulation 2016.

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGs).

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