Lifejacket rules and regulations for New South Wales, Australia:
The rules governing the use of lifejackets on recreational vessels on all NSW navigable waters were strengthened from 1 November 2010 to prevent loss of life on our waterways. A one year educational period ensued and from 1 November 2011 compliance efforts have increased and penalties for failure to comply with the rules can be enforced.
The Boating Incidents in NSW – statistical report for the 10-year period ending 30 June 2012 provides an in-depth analysis of boating incident statistics for the period 2002-03 to 2011-12. It also examines overall longer term trends in fatal and serious injury incident rates as far back as 1992-93.
Over the 10 year period, there were 167 boating fatalities and 575 serious injuries, arising from 3754 incidents. Boating fatality rates remain too high, even though the report finds that there has been a significant decrease in the recreational boating fatal incident rate since 1992.
The report provides compelling evidence of the value of lifejackets, including evidence of a significant decline in bar crossing fatalities since the implementation of compulsory lifejacket wear requirements for all vessels crossing ocean bars.
On 1 November 2010 introduced laws were amended to require mandatory lifejacket wearing in a number of high risk situations, especially by people in small vessels and particularly children under 12 years.
These changes came about after a very extensive consultation with the boating community which saw over 86 per cent support for the proposed changes.
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