Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

To browse the RRG, select a country and/or criteria from the dropdown menus

Updated date Country Criteria
July 18, 2013 New Zealand Styrene Levels

Local regulations in force

July 18, 2013 New Zealand Safety Equipment

Sufficient lifejackets must be carried on each boat for each person.

July 18, 2013 New Zealand Environment

Sewage disposal and holding tank regulations apply. Other environmental regulations apply.

July 18, 2013 New Zealand Drivers Licences

No drivers licences required for private pleasure boats.

July 3, 2013 Australia Styrene Levels

No national regulations in force. New national OH&S legislation being developed to replace state-based legislation but not expected to cover styrene.

July 3, 2013 Australia Safety Equipment

State legislation applied to local waters. Standards Australia define acceptable equipment standards. National register of approved equipment maintained by federal agency. Compulsory wearing of lifejackets on some vessels, or during darkness or bar crossings in most states. Strong ongoing awareness campaign promote wearing of PFD.

July 3, 2013 Australia Registration

Registration in force in all states for motor powered craft except Northern Territory which does not have registration for any vessel.

July 3, 2013 Australia Product Liability

National Australian Consumer Law in effect 1 January 2012. First fully national consumer legislation and tightens, in most states, regulations concerning product liability and warranty.

July 3, 2013 Australia Operating Limits

Restrictions apply from State to State. Speed limits depend on locality. Restrictions on PWCs in Sydney Harbour and at some launch ramps around the nation. Designated waterski, horseswimming areas etc

July 3, 2013 Australia Drivers Licences

Driving licences required in most states, categorised by type, length and power of vessel. Educational programmes in place in some states in lieu of licensing.