Please see below attached letter/invitation from Nik Parker, BIA General Manager Member Services.

This is in relation to an important Forum on 19 July with regard to Australian Builders Plate that we will be co-hosting along with BIA. BIAV President Mark Crockford, and BIA Board Member and Manufacturers Division Chair Nathan Nichols will also attend, along with BIAV Advocacy Manager Ben Scullin, MSV officials and their regulator counterparts from other states, and myself.

There will be further explanation as to expectations, compliance needs and non-compliance implications. As well as a clearing up of some of the ‘grey areas’ discussed during previous workshops.

The forum is being held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields from 10am to better cater for those coming in from SA, Tasmania and elsewhere.

I look forward to seeing you on 19 July. Please RSVP to by Friday 12 July.

Steve Walker, Boating Industry Association of Victoria CEO

Recreational Boat Standards Compliance


2 July 2019

To BIA Member boat manufacturers, importers and dealers,

As a BIA member you will understand and appreciate the need for members’ businesses to be able to demonstrate and promote the professionalism and high‐quality product and service you all provide. You will also understand the need to be managing regulatory compliance. Whether you manufacture, import or operate as a dealer for either domestic or overseas manufactured boats, you have an obligation to demonstrate, and take responsibility, for compliance with the Australian Builders Plate.

To assist members with ABP compliance, a Boat Manufacturers Forum is being held on 19 July 2019. This half‐day forum will provide members with important updates on the ABP and use of standards; improvements in managing compliance; and an opportunity to provide feedback on the ABP standard itself. This will be a repeat of the forum held in Gold Coast in May, and a follow up to some of the follow up meetings where several queries were raised and clarifications sought.

The forum has been arranged to provide industry with guidance, following the much‐publicised ABP compliance audits undertaken by various maritime safety authorities during the last several months: it is considered vital for boat manufacturers, importers and dealers with an obligation under the ABP regulations to attend.

The forum is being held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields and is open to all BIA members across Australia with an interest in the ABP. The forum will start at 10am to and is scheduled to finish by 3pm. The BIA team will be on‐hand following the forum should members wish to discuss any relevant issues in more detail.

To register, please email to by Friday 12 July.

Nik Parker
General Manager Member Services
Boating Industry Association

Millie Kelly