Consultation: Yarra River rules OK?

8 October 2019

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is proposing to change the rules that apply to boaters, rowers and paddlers on the Yarra River upstream from Bolte Bridge* to Dight’s Falls.

Cameron Toy, Director, Maritime Safety, said that it is important to make sure the rules provide the safest possible environment for all users.

“In consultation with sporting associations, recreational users and commercial operators MSV has drafted a proposed change to the rules and is now seeking the views of the wider public.

“It’s great to see Melburnians appreciating the Yarra but with increased use comes congestion and it’s vital that the rules prioritise safety while responding to changed circumstances.

“The public consultation process will help us ensure all views are considered and the new rules will be fit for purpose.

“We encourage anyone with an interest in safety on the Yarra River to submit their comments in writing before the consultation process closes on 6 November 2019,” Mr Toy said.

Available to download:

Free hard copies of the proposed rule are available at:

  • Parks Victoria office, Barkly Ave, Burnley
  • VicRoads Hub – Hub@Exhibition, 113 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
  • Melbourne City Marina, 120, 429 Docklands Drive, Docklands.

To receive a hard copy by post, telephone 1800 223 022 (select the Waterway Safety Unit option) or email

Written submissions should be emailed to or mailed to Transport Safety Victoria, Yarra River Waterway Rules Proposal, PO Box 2797, Melbourne 3001.

The waterway rules currently in place will continue to apply during the consultation process.

“If the proposed changes to the rules are made, they will only affect the waters upstream from Bolte Bridge* as far as Dight’s Falls.

“The new or amended rules will not be formally enacted until after the 2019/20 boating season so river users will have time to become familiar with the changes,” Mr Toy added.

*Upstream from Bolte Bridge means upstream from the port waters of the Port of Melbourne, the river boundary of which is the western drip line of the Bolte Bridge.

Rowers racing on a river