Benefits of Membership

major Benefits

FREE Domestic and International Travel Insurance

Have peace of mind when travelling both overseas and within Australia with FREE travel insurance as part of your BIAV membership. Provided through Network Insurance Group, this travel insurance is provided for all members and their employees for business, and in some instances, personal, travel.

Tailored Business & Marine Insurance Packages

The boating and marine industry is highly diversified and specialised. So too are the insurance needs of businesses and individuals in our industry. Through our partnership with Network Insurance Group and as a BIAV member, you have access to specialised insurance products and services from a company that knows the industry.

Discounted Rates to Exhibit at the Melbourne Boat Show and other BIAV Events

The Melbourne Boat Show is the premier boating event in Victoria and draws thousands of boating enthusiasts from throughout the state and beyond. It is the marketplace to sell and promote your products and services; as well as showcase our industry and the values that boating has to offer. A major feature of BIAV membership is that available to you are multiple discounted on exhibitor space rates for the Melbourne Boat Show. In addition, member discounts for other BIAV events and meetings.

Volkswagen Discount

The BIAV in partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is pleased to announce that as of April 2019 all BIAV members are entitled to a partnership discount across the majority of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range. For those who are members, all you need to do as a BIAV member is view one of the fantastic vehicles in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range at your preferred dealer, decide what vehicle is best for your business and then confirm the discount rate applicable to you as a BIAV member.
This will mean a substantial discount is available (depending on the model) for BIAV members, as a result of the Amarok being the Official Tow Vehicle of the Boat Show and the boating industry. Pick your VW Commercial Vehicle, demonstrate you’re a BIAV member, redeem the discount. Click here to find your closest dealership using Volkswagen dealer locator, and to see cars available.

FREE Business Listing on Shipmate Directory

Shipmate is the free printed and online boating and marine business directory that is distributed throughout Victoria. It contains businesses providing services for boating and marine enthusiasts, details on emergency services, yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations, weather, tides and links to webcams and wave buoys. As a member of the BIAV your business is listed FREE in Shipmate.

Exclusive Boat Testing (Demo) Access to the National Water Sports Centre at Patterson River

 BIAV members are permitted to use the NWSC on the below ‘out of hours’ times:

  •  Monday between 9am-4pm

  • Tuesday between 9am-11am

  • Wednesday 9am to 4pm

  • Thursday 9am to 4pm

 If wanting to access during the above times the BIAV member needs to contact the office on 84272094 and organise to come and collect a key and pay the required boat testing fee.

Note: There is no permitted use of the waterway after hours (after 4pm) or weekends unless the applicant has applied for an event permit and the activity is deemed suitable and works with the non-powered/powered timetable.

List of Benefits


  • Extensive advocacy work is being done with respect to all levels of government

Governance and Management

  • Voting rights

  • Ability to stand for office in the BIAV

  • Mediation of disputes between members and consumers

  • Mediation of disputes between members

  • Meeting room availability

  • Divisional communications and representation

Business Support

Communication and Marketing

  • Fortnightly BIAV E-News

  • Use of the BIAV logo for online and print materials

  • The Life's Better with a Boat year round campaign to promote boating




Other Services / Benefits

Automotive Repairs – Sheen Panels

Sheen Panels, Victoria’s largest car repairers, is offering a $300 insurance excess reduction offer to BIAV members.

  • Offer includes a free replacement vehicle from their fleet of 500 courtesy cars, free pick-up and delivery

  • Sheen manage the process from start to finish and provide a lifetime guarantee on all work

  • Offer available to all eligible BIAV members, immediate family and employees


EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment
Rydges Hotels and Resorts, Atura Hotels and QT Hotels and Resorts (52 hotels in Australia and New Zealand)

  • Special BIAV corporate booking with 10% off best room rate PLUS join the Priority Guest Program and receive up to 20% off your food and beverage during your stay.

  • Available to eligible BIAV members, immediate family and employees.

GMHBA Health Cover

  • BIAV endorsed private health cover through GMHBA that includes combined hospital and extras cover plus a FIT package for physically active people at a price competitive rate with attractive benefit limits and smaller gap payments.

  • Available to all eligible BIAV members, immediate family and employees.