Power Boat Permit Checklist

The use of power boats is generally controlled in Lake Burley Griffin (LBG) under the provisions of the Lakes Ordinance 1976 which are governed by the National Capital Authority (NCA). In addition to these provisions, you may also need to comply with Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) – Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) National System. Depending on your vessel use you may require additional approval to the boat permit. Please use the guide below to assist you in determining your obligations for vessel access on LBG.

Section 26 (Lakes Ordinance 1976) – Boat Permits

  • Category 1 - Conventional powered boats used as rescue, coaching or judging boats in support of aquatic sports
  • Category 2 - Electrically powered and solar powered boats and trailerable yachts with auxiliary power
  • Category 3 - Boats used for lake management, special interest boats (such as ‘traditional boats')
  • Category 4 - Commercial tourist use (eg ferries)

Section 26 (Lakes Ordinance 1976) requires NCA Delegate approval.

Section 33 (Lakes Ordinance 1976) – Licence Agreement – Commercial Activities on Lake Burley Griffin

  • Selling, or offering for sale, food, drink or other articles or goods
  • Letting, or offering to let, on hire bicycles, boats or other articles
  • Carrying, or offering to carry, passengers, articles or goods in or on a boat for fee or reward
  • Carrying on the business of boat repair

If you meet any of the criterion in this section you are will require a Section 33 Licence Agreement in addition to your Section 26 Boat Permit.

Section 33 (Lakes Ordinance 1976) requires NCA Delegate approval.

AMSA – Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) – (Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012)

  • Is your vessel used in connection with a commercial activity?
  • Is your vessel used in connection with a government activity?
  • Is your vessel used in connection with a research activity?
  • Will your vessel be used at any point in the above mentioned activities?
  • Do you receive money from the operation of your vessel?
  • Is the vessel owned by a secondary or primary school and being utilised by people who are not students at the school?
  • Is the vessel owned by a community group and being utilised by people who are not members of the community group?
  • Is your vessel used in connection with enabling trainees to obtain licences that are needed to meet legislative requirements (i.e. boat licences, diving licences)?
  • Is your vessel used as a volunteer search and rescue vessel?

If you meet any of the criterion in this section and are uncertain if you are subject to the National Law, please contact AMSA on the National System Hotline on 1300 517 246: national.system@amsa.gov.au [External Link] for assistance in determining your obligations under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012.

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