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?

Wharf Cove
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.

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Sources of funding

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

Point Peron
Point Peron

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 25

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 25 grants ($)

Recreational Boating facilities Scheme: successful round 25 projects

Applicant Project Grant
Shire of Jerramungup Replacement of the existing concrete boat ramps and fixed finger jetty at the Fishery Beach boat launching facility with new structures. $644,032
City of Rockingham Extension and reconfiguration of the trailer parking area at the Point Peron boat launching facility. $400,000
Shire of Murray Installation of four new floating jetties at Wharf Cove. $332,598
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Replacement of the existing boating jetty with a new jetty at Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean. $57,470
Shire of Ashburton Planning study for a detailed design and associated tender cost estimate for the replacement boat ramp at the Onslow Community Boating Precinct. $50,000
City of Busselton Installation of 5 solar lights at the Port Geographe boat launching facility. $15,900

Total: $1,500,000

  Successful past projects

View the document below for details of previous projects completed under the Scheme.

  Contact us

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

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