New Victorian vessel registration requirements
2 April 2012
The new Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and Marine Safety Regulations 2011 (Vic) commence on 1 July 2012. They introduce a number of changes for all boaters in Victoria.
The Regulations place new requirements on people who,
- initially register a boat (new or second hand vessel)
- transfer registration to another person.
These changes do not apply to registration renewals where there is no change in ownership.
At the time of registration, vessel details must be verified by a person accredited by Transport Safety Victoria (TSV). Boaters will be required to pay for this service. The verification of details does not guarantee that the vessel is seaworthy or fit for purpose.
A list of accredited persons will be available on our website once the scheme is in place.
Getting registration details verified
If you are registering your boat for the first time or selling a boat to another person, you will need to obtain the appropriate form from VicRoads. They will complete the vessel details and the accredited person will check those against the boat.
Boat owners will need to provide safe and clean access to the vessel. Among other things, the accredited person will need to check the hull identification number (HIN) and the engine make/number.
Who can register a vessel is also changing
From 1 July 2012, boats can only be registered in the name of a ‘natural person’. Registrations, including transfers of registration, will not be accepted in the name of businesses, corporations or associations. This will not affect the renewal of existing registrations.
TSV is currently developing the accreditation system and will shortly be calling for expressions of interest.
Organisations that may be eligible for accreditation include:
- boat and marine dealerships
- marina operators
- volunteer search and rescue groups
- some licensed vehicle inspectors.