Boating and marine in NSW

How to apply for or renew a boating licence or vessel registration, find information about fishing, and staying safe on the water.

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Boating handbook

The NSW Boating Handbook is your practical and essential guide to safe and responsible boating on NSW waterways. Here's how to get a copy.


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Lifejacket care and service program

Lifejackets require care and maintenance to ensure they work effectively in case of an emergency. Servicing your inflatable lifejacket is a legal requirement in NSW. Transport for NSW offers sessions on how to care and service your lifejacket.


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Sydney Harbour Summer Events

An exciting Summer palette of events both on-water and on land is planned for Sydney Harbour this year.


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Before you go boating

From weather conditions and maintaining your vessel, to knowing the rules and having the right equipment – be ready for a safe day on the water.


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Boating and personal watercraft quiz

The boating knowledge test questions and online quiz can help you practice for the general boating or personal watercraft licence test.


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Boating licence documents and forms

The Boating Licence Practical Logbook and the Boating Handbook will guide you on safe and responsible boating in NSW.

Contact Transport for NSW

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Phone:13 12 36
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Related apps


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Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW is the state’s official volunteer marine rescue service. The MarineRescue App allows you to register details of your next boating trip.


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Stay safe and informed on the water. Get official alerts and information from maritime authorities. Explore crowdsourced reports from the boating community. Check the weather conditions and forecasts near you. 

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