Marine safety legislation

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

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.

Marine Safety Regulations

The Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic), which accompany the Marine Safety Act 2012 (Vic), came into effect on 1 July 2012.

The regulations are designed to:

  • improve compliance with marine safety laws
  • reduce the number of injuries
  • ensure a safe environment for recreational and commercial boating.

The relevant transport safety infringements and penalties under the new regulations can be found on the Automatic indexation of fees and penalties page.

For more information, please contact Maritime Safety Victoria, a branch of Transport Safety Victoria.