Incident reporting

What to do in case of an accident

If a boating accident occurs in any port or navigable water in NSW, the master of the vessel must:

  • Stop the vessel immediately
  • Give any assistance which may be necessary
  • Produce any licence
  • Give details to any person having reasonable grounds for requesting them eg other persons involved in the accident
  • Details must include the master’s name and address as well as any distinguishing number which is required to be displayed on the vessel eg registration number or permit number.

If requested by a Roads and Maritime Officer or any NSW Police Officer, provide the following details:

  • Full identification
  • Time, place and nature of accident
  • Name and registration number of every vessel involved in the incident
  • Name and address of every person who was concerned with or witnessed the accident
  • Extent of any injury or damage resulting from the accident
  • Produce a boat driver’s licence or Certificate of Competency.

A written report must be forward to Roads and Maritime within 24 hours setting out the particulars of the incident if one of the following applies:

  • The incident has resulted in the death, or injury to, a person
  • The incident has result in damage in excess of $5000 to a vessel of any other property.

These forms are not required to be completed if the details have already been given to a Roads and Maritime Officer.

Reporting procedures after an incident

Reporting procedures after the incident are different for recreational and domestic commercial vessels.

Recreational vessels

Where the accident has resulted in the death of, or injury to, a person, or damage in excess of $5000 to a vessel or any other property, a written report must be forwarded to Roads and Maritime within 24 hours setting out the particulars, unless these have already been given to a Roads and Maritime officer.

Recreational vessel incident report form (PDF).

Domestic commercial vessels

Where an incident has resulted in the death of a person or serious injury to a person, or loss of vessel or loss of person from the vessel or significant damage to the vessel, the owner and/or master must give an initial report to a delegate of the national regulator (Roads and Maritime in NSW) as soon as reasonably practical after becoming aware of the incident.

In any case, a marine incident as defined in the national law (see the domestic commercial vessel incident report form for detail) must be reported by the master and/or owner to a delegate of the national regulator (Roads and Maritime in NSW) in writing within 72 hours of becoming aware of the incident. 

Domestic commercial vessel incident report form (DOT)

Forms

Recreational vessel incident report form

Recreational vessel incident report form

Domestic commercial vessel incident report form

AMSA domestic commercial vessel incident report form


 
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