An aquatic activity licence is required for events where:
- exclusive use of a designated area of waterway is required for an aquatic sport or activity - eg regattas and swimming events
- an exemption is required from the requirements of the Harbors and Navigation Act 1993 or Harbors and Navigation Regulations 2009 - eg an exemption from wearing personal flotation devices in an area where rescue boats are present.
Applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the event.
How to apply
Step1: Plan your event
You will need to provide details of activities that you’ll be undertaking in your application.
You will need to provide duty vessels during the event to advise water users not participating in the event about the closed area, particularly if high-speed activity is underway.
Step 2: Organise insurance
You will need to provide evidence of adequate public liability insurance (at least $10 million) to cater for any claim of personal injury or damage to property.
Step 3: Submit application
Submit an application for an aquatic activity licence.
Return the completed application to:
Manager, Recreational Boating Unit
Transport Safety Regulation
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001
Fax: 8124 4695
Step 4: Public notice
If your application is approved, you must place a public notice about the activity, at your expense, in specified newspapers or publications.
Special conditions that may also apply include:
- speed restrictions
- crowd control
- marker buoys
- safety equipment
- access restrictions
- duty boats.
During your approved aquatic sport or activity duty vessels must be in place to advise other vessels not participating in the event about passing the closed area. In many cases this could involve a short wait to allow a high speed activity to conclude so that the safety of all persons and vessels is maintained.
Phone the department on 1300 183 046