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Proposed changes—options for wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards

We are considering these options to the rules for wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards in Queensland. We think this will improve marine safety on Queensland waters. 

Options

Wearing lifejackets—solo operators

  • Option 1A: compulsory wearing of lifejackets at all times when people boat alone on open boats or on deck on cabin boats (up to 4.8m in length).
  • Option 1B: compulsory wearing of lifejackets at all times when people boat alone on open boats or on deck on cabin boats (up to 4.8m in length) while underway. Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.

Wearing lifejackets—children

  • Option 2A: compulsory wearing of lifejackets at all times by children (1 year or more, but less than 12) on all open boats or on deck on cabin boats.
  • Option 2B: compulsory wearing of lifejackets at all times by children (1 year or more, but less than 12) on all open boats or on deck on cabin boats, while underway. Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.
  • Option 2C: compulsory wearing of lifejackets at all times by children (1 year or more, but less than 12) on all open craft, including personal watercraft (commonly called a jet ski), kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft. 

Wearing lifejackets—crossing a coastal bar

  • Option 3A: compulsory wearing of lifejackets by all persons (1 year or more) when crossing a designated coastal bar on all open boats.
  • Option 3B: compulsory wearing of lifejackets by all persons (1 year or more) when crossing a designated coastal bar on all open craft, including personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft.

Wearing lifejackets—night

  • Option 4A: compulsory wearing of lifejackets by all persons (1 year or more) when boating at night on open boats (up to 4.8m in length).
  • Option 4B: compulsory wearing of lifejackets by all persons (1 year or more) when boating at night on open boats (up to 4.8m in length), while underway. Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.

Wearing kill switch safety lanyards—solo operators

  • Option 5: Compulsory wearing of kill switch safety lanyards when people boat alone on open boats (up to 4.8m in length), while underway. Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.

Wearing kill switch safety lanyards—personal watercraft

  • Option 6: compulsory wearing of kill switch safety lanyards when people operate personal watercraft.
  • Option 7: introduce an offence for tampering with an engine so that a kill switch safety lanyard does not need to be used.
  • Option 8: introduce an offence for when a kill switch safety lanyard is not attached to the master of the personal watercraft.

Lifejacket and safety lanyard reforms

Have your say about our proposed changes for wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards in Queensland.

Survey closes Friday 23 December

Last updated
29 November 2022