About the Scheme

Find out about the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme, including the current and previous rounds, and who to contact.

  What can the RBFS be used for?

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Wharf Cove

The Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) was established by a Cabinet decision in July 1998 to assist the development of public recreational boating facilities in Western Australia.

RBFS grants are awarded to state, local and other government authorities for development of public recreational boating facilities in Western Australia, including:

  • Planning new public recreational boating facilities.
  • Building new public recreational boating facilities.
  • Upgrading existing public recreational boating facilities.

The RBFS benefits the boating community by:

  • Catering for the needs of both metropolitan and regional boating communities.
  • Enhancing the safety of recreational boating facilities.
  • Maintaining a clean and healthy environment for recreational boating.
  • Providing for the ongoing development and or upgrading of boating facilities.
  • Providing funding for projects that improve access to the marine environment.

For more information and advice, please contact a Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme Officer, details below.

To find out more about who may apply, please go to the Eligibility and grant categories page.

External Link Media statement 20/06/2022: $1.5 million of grants to upgrade boating facilities now available
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Sources of funding

The Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) is primarily funded by boat registration fees.

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Funding limits

Grant applicants may request up to 75 per cent of a project's estimated cost. Successful projects may only receive partial funding if there are more proposals than funds than are available.

Grants awarded are subject to a maximum limit of $750,000 (excluding GST).

There is a minimum grant amount of $15,000 (GST exclusive) for a Works Application and $10,000 (GST exclusive) for a Planning Application.

The remaining project cost is funded by the applicant and can include government funding and in-kind contributions. These arrangements must be outlined in the initial application.

Disbursement of funds

Grants are generally paid in arrears. However, if a project is estimated to cost more than $120,000, applicants may request up to half of the grant to be paid up front.

Funding will be reduced if any project component specified in the application is not delivered.

  Successful projects - round 26

There is one round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) funding each financial year.

Rounds usually open in June and close in September, with successful applicants notified in December.

Total of round 26 grants ($)

Recreational Boating facilities Scheme: successful round 26 projects

Applicant Project Grant
Shire of Ashburton Construction of a new boat ramp and central floating finger jetty in the Onslow Community Boating Precinct. $606,798
Shire of Murray Extension of the boat ramp and replacement of one of the timber platforms with a floating jetty at the Batavia Quays boat ramp. $456,786
Shire of Manjimup Upgrade of the trailer parking area at the Walpole (Town Jetty) boat launching facility. $217,256
Shire of Irwin Planning study for a detailed design for the upgrade of the Port Denison boat launch facility. $137,435
City of Rockingham Planning study for a detailed design and associated cost estimates and approvals for the upgrade of the Palm Beach West boat ramp. $60,000
City of Cockburn Install 3 Public Moorings, located between the Eco Shark Barrier, Omeo Wreck and Coogee Maritime Trail. $21,725

Total: $1,500,000

External Link Media statement 10/12/2021: WA boaties to benefit from $1.5 million of facility grants

  Contact us

For more information, please contact the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) Officer by emailing rbfs@transport.wa.gov.au.

Page last updated: Mon Jun 20 2022 9:16:45 AM