Boat compliance

When you buy a boat you must ensure it meets compliance standards before it is registered.

Make sure your boat is compliant

Follow these steps to ensure your boat meets required standards.

  • When you buy a motorboat, you must register it in your name within 14 days.
  • Registration numbers must be displayed correctly.
  • The registration label must be affixed correctly.
  • Most recreational boats are also required to have an Australian Builders Plate fitted by the manufacturer.
  • Boat Code is compulsory for all recreational boats that are registered for the first time or when they change ownership.
  • Navigation lights must be fitted if you operate your boat at night. If you have lights fitted, they must meet the legal requirements whether you use them or not.
  • For additional safety information see Boating and marine safety.

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