UPDATE - AUSTRALIAN BUILDER'S PLATE - COMPLIANCE INSPECTION PROGRAM 18/19 

UPDATE - AUSTRALIAN BUILDER'S PLATE - COMPLIANCE INSPECTION PROGRAM 18/19

As outlined in the last BIAV E News for 2018, Maritime Safety Victoria will be carrying out a compliance inspection program to assess duty holder compliance with Australian Builders Plate (ABP) requirements for recreational vessels sold in Victoria. This program of work will continue until May 2019.
The aims are to ensure that:

  • Relevant vessels for sale have ABP’s fitted

  • That the plates are legible and close to the helm where they can be seen when the vessel is operated

  • That the information values on the plate appear to conform with the referenced technical standard.

Where there is reason to believe that requirements are not being met, manufacturers may be asked to provide copies of calculations and test reports which support the listed values. Non-compliance with the ABP requirements may result in regulatory action, including the use of improvement and prohibition notices.

Click here for the document provides details on the regulatory framework which applies in Victoria to the requirements for fitting of ABPs and the provision of safety information. It outlines the compliance inspection program and provides relevant extracts from the legislation.

Click here for the item relates to a Queensland example of a recall of 40 boats that were considered non-compliant by MSQ,


If BIAV members have any questions regarding the ABP and your obligations, please contact the Maritime Technical Services team at MSV on (03) 9655 6611.

Millie Kelly