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 meet the required boat standards.

  1. Step 1

    When you buy a motorboat, you must register it in your name within 14 days.

  2. Step 2

    Registration numbers must be displayed correctly.

  3. Step 3

    The registration label must be affixed correctly.

  4. Step 4

    Most recreational boats are also required to have an Australian Builders Plate fitted by the manufacturer.

  5. Step 5

    A boat code is compulsory for all recreational boats that are registered for the first time or when they change ownership.

  6. Step 6

    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.

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