In a boating emergency

Radio for help on

Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio

Call MRNSW on

9450 2468

Or call

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News & Media

  • November 04, 2013
Roads Minister Duncan Gay, Police Minister Michael Gallacher and Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn today announced a trial of on-water patrols between Roads & Maritime Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Police Force.

Minister Gay and Minister Gallacher said a coordinated crackdown on compliance was aimed at helping to prevent boating accidents and improving safety.

“The six-month trial of this new compliance program is running during the entire 2013-14 boating season and will cover Botany Bay, Port Hacking and the Georges River,” Minister Gay said.

”Under this coordinated approach, officers from any of the three agencies will now be empowered to enforce important boating safety measures including the wearing of lifejackets.

“Over the past decade, nine out of every 10 people who drown when boating in NSW were not wearing a lifejacket and more often than not they were in a small vessel.

“It means that Fisheries Officers can now check lifejackets and boat licences and RMS boating safety officers can inspect the size and bag limits of any fish caught,” Minister Gay said.

“We want to ensure that when a vessel is stopped, all checks are conducted simultaneously. This is more efficient for us and minimises the disruption to commercial and recreational vessels,” Minister Gallacher said.

“During the trial, all compliance checks will be conducted from Police, Maritime or Fisheries vessels.

“In addition, police officers will be conducting random breath tests when on board these vessels,” Minister Gallacher said.

“All our officers will be vigilant in their on-water checks and as is the case anywhere in NSW, it will be a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to anyone not complying with the lifejacket wear requirements,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

“By working together, each agency will be better equipped to educate, patrol and target known areas of non-compliance, which means that we are improving the safety for our boaters.

“During the trial, officers from the different agencies will share vessels to conduct joint patrols which will deliver greater efficiencies and improvements on the way we work together,” she said.

Tony Andrews from NSW Fisheries Compliance said the other benefits include training for officers from all three agencies, so they can perform a wider range of other duties to improve front-line on-water compliance functions.

“This uniform approach not only means greater coverage of our waterways, it will also ensure that our on water compliance functions are seamless,” Mr Andrews said.

The trial is an outcome of the Marine Compliance Taskforce, a two-year strategy announced in March to reform NSW Government on-water compliance operations.


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