Consultation archive

This page provides information relating to previous Transport Safety Victoria consultations.

Yarra River rules OK?

Closed: 6 November 2019

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) proposed changing the rules that apply to boaters, rowers and paddlers on the Yarra River upstream from Bolte Bridge to Dight’s Falls. Read more about the Yarra River rules consultation

Code of Practice for managers of boating activity events

Closed: 27 September 2019

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) invited feedback on a draft Code of Practice (the Code) developed to help managers of boating activity events (any event that directly or indirectly involves a vessel, for example a kayak race or open water swimming race with support vessels) comply with a safety duty introduced in 2018.

Code of Practice for managers of boating activity events

New rule for jet ski riders on the bay

Closed: 4 September 2019

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) invited feedback on a proposed rule change for the use of personal watercraft (PWC), such as jet skis, on Port Phillip Bay.

A response to feedback and reasons for decision will be published in the MSV newsroom and on the Engage Victoria consultation page.

Trial exemption for low-powered paddle craft

Closed: 13 April 2017

This consultation paper was prepared to seek feedback on a proposed trial exemption from vessel registration and marine licensing requirements for owners and masters of low-powered electric paddle craft.

The motorised kayak exemption trial began in 2018 and was extended to 30 June 2020.

The declaration of local knowledge waters in Victoria

Closed: 30 June 2016

The Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) outlines the local knowledge certification scheme and details its application to masters of domestic commercial vessels.

In 2014, Maritime Safety Victoria, a branch of Transport Safety Victoria,  committed to a comprehensive and state wide review of the local knowledge framework applicable to Victorian waters. The decision to review local knowledge was made recognizing that many aspects of the framework were outdated and some parts of the system had never been effectively exercised. This commitment was further strengthened as a result of recommendations made by the Coroner following a recent coronial inquest.

Download the discussion paper DOC, 570.5 KB.

Proposed changes to MMS for Accredited Bus Operators

Closed: 12 June 2015

Following a vehicle safety inspection trial, we sought feedback on proposed changes to section 2.4.2 of the Maintenance Management System for Accredited Bus Operators.

Draft marine enforcement policy

Closed: 30 September 2013

We invited maritime stakeholders to comment on MSV's draft marine enforcement policy. The policy was developed to support and promote ongoing compliance and enforcement of marine safety law throughout Victoria, in accordance with Part 8.3 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

Proposal under section 7(2) of the Bus Safety Act

Closed: 16 July 2013

We invited comments from the bus industry on a proposal to declare a particular motor vehicle, which was not built to comply with the Australian Design Rules for a passenger omnibus, to be a bus within the meaning of the Bus Safety Act 2009 (Vic).

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