Category Archives: Govt Lifejacket Law Reform

Call For National Life Jacket Uniformity

WIA Encourage Wearing A PFD At All Times!
WIA Encourage Wearing A PFD At All Times!

One of the primary reasons for launching Wear It Australia was to provide a single entry point for access to Australian state governments’ rules and regulations for the wearing of life jackets. With no national governing body – unlike many other countries – the rules for life jacket wear are mandated by each state legislator.

For any boatie, this can become extremely confusing but can, no doubt, be a “nice little earner” for the various government enforcement agencies! With the introduction of different types of water activities and craft – like paddle boards – in recent years, this has subsequently been followed with the introduction of more new rules to suit each new activity.

We now have a vast range of personal flotation devices (PFD’s) to apparently suit every craft and context and the high level of cross-over between the activity and ocean conditions has prompted one of our readers to submit this story as a point of discussion. Continue Reading

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103 People Have Drowned In NSW Boating, Greg Piper MP Pleads For Wear It!

Life jacket campaigner, Wear It Courtney’s Rule, Cathy Simon was given New South Wales parliamentary air time by Independent Member for Lake Macquarie, Mr Greg Piper (MP) recently who highlighted her Wear It activities and requested government representatives to afford the time to listen to her. The following is the private members statement Mr Piper presented in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly… Continue Reading

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Higher Life Jacket Wearing Rate Would Reduce Drowning In NSW Boating

The wearing of lifejackets is the one factor that overarches most of the safety issues highlighted by this report. Indeed, it is very likely that higher lifejacket wearing rates would have prevented many of the 64.7% of recreational vessel fatalities thought to have been caused by drowning over the period 2002–03 to 2011–12.  First and… Continue Reading

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