Marine infringements and recreational boat inspectors

You must follow the directions of Northern Territory Police and boating inspectors. They can inspect your boat and safety equipment at any time. 

You must not obstruct a boating inspector from carrying out their duty. 

Check the minimum safety equipment you must carry for your boat.

If you don't comply with the minimum safety requirements you can be issued a marine infringement notice.

If you fail to follow the instructions of a boating inspector or police you may be charged with an offence. You can be penalised up to 50 penalty units - read below to find out more about units and penalties.

About boat inspectors

Boating inspectors must be declared by an official notice made by the Minister for Transport.

Boating inspectors are issued with an identity card that has:

  • a photo of the inspector
  • the inspector's signature
  • the signature of the transport department director
  • conditions.

Inspectors must carry their identity card with them at all times while performing their role.

A police officer can perform the same functions as a boat inspector.

Marine infringement notices and penalties

The penalty for a marine infringement notice is measured in penalty units. One penalty unit is $149. Read more about penalties and the Marine Act.

OffencePenalty for individualPenalty for body corporate
Breach of minimum safety equipment requirements - inland waters2 
Breach of minimum safety equipment requirements - intermediate waters2 
Breach of minimum safety equipment requirements - open waters2 
Breach of seaworthiness requirements2 
Breach of safety equipment requirements for a tender2 
Person being towed behind a pleasure craft not wearing a personal flotation device2 
Pleasure craft operator allows a person being towed behind a pleasure craft to not wear a personal flotation device2 
Person is towed behind a pleasure craft without an observer2 
Towing a person behind a pleasure craft without an observer2 
Owner permitting vessel to be towing a person behind a pleasure craft without an observer210
Operating a personal water craft without an automatic cut out2 
Automatic cut out is not securely attached to the person2 
Owner allowing personal water craft to be used without an automatic cut out210

Operating a personal water craft without wearing a personal flotation device

2 
A passenger on a personal water craft over the age of 16 who is not wearing a personal flotation device2 
Personal water craft operator carrying a passenger under 16 who is not wearing a personal flotation device2 
Person operating a sailing vessel under 5m in length or with permanently closed hulls not wearing a personal flotation device2 
A passenger or a crew member on a sailing vessel under 5m in length or with permanently closed hulls over the age of 16 who is not wearing a personal flotation device2 
Operator of a sailing vessel under 5m in length or with permanently closed hulls carrying a passenger or a crew member under 16 who is not wearing a personal flotation device2 
Reckless navigation or careless use of a vessel2 
Diver operating from a vessel without a rigid replica International Code Flag A2 
Diver operating from a vessel without an observer2 
Observer not keeping proper watch2 
Diver not operating from a vessel, without towing a float with a rigid replica International Code Flag A2 
Anchoring in a specified prohibited place2 
Anchoring in a position that obstructs the passage of other vessels2 
Exceeding 5 knots in a restricted area2

Last updated: 09 December 2016