Marine safety legislation
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.