Safety guide for recreational boating

There are minimum safety requirements for safety equipment on all recreational boats.

Read about minimum safety equipment requirements on board PDF (1.0 MB).

You should also read a copy of the Marine Safety Guide PDF (3.2 MB).

You will find all of the following information in the guide.


All of the following information:

  • safety requirements
  • marine infringement notices
  • Australian builders plates
  • anchors and anchoring
  • signals
  • navigational lights
  • avoiding collisions
  • steering and sailing rules
  • buoys, beacons and marks
  • fire prevention.


All of the following information:

  • safety via satellite
  • flares
  • marine emergency procedures
  • distress signals
  • marine communications
  • radio distress procedures.


Information on:

  • marine pollution
  • tidal information.

Recreational fishing

All of the following information:

  • possessions
  • vessel limits
  • fish protection areas.


Marine Safety Branch
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
2nd Floor Energy House
18-20 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 08 8924 7100
Fax: 08 8924 7009

Last updated: 29 July 2020

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