Recreational boating

Find out everything you need to know about recreational boating in Western Australia, including safety and regulations, voyage planning, vessel registration, maintenance, and the Recreational Skipper's Ticket.

Boat renewal payments

If you have received a renewal account notice, you can pay by credit card using Pay Online, part of DoTDirect, your services access point. Your renewal account number is located on the boat renewal notice.

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 Aquatic events

Here you can access information on what is an aquatic event and how you can apply for an aquatic event.

 Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR)

The Department of Transport conducts regular aquatic reviews to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of our important waterways.

 Boat registration

Find out about buying and selling recreational boats, registering a boat, and what the BoatCode, Hull Identification Number and Australian Builders Plate are.

 Boating guides and activities

Find out about safety and rules related to watersports in Western Australia, including diving, water skiing, tow-in surfing and personal watercraft.

 Boating emergencies and incidents

Find out what to do in emergencies and incidents, such as marine transport spills, emergency situations, navigation hazards and aid faults.

 Boating safety

Find out about safety equipment for your boat, such as anchors, bailers or bilge pumps, emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), flares, fire extinguishers, radios and lifejackets.


DoT has the power to grant exemptions from current marine safety legislation requirements for boating and other on-water activities.

 Fireworks display

In order to conduct a fireworks display on or over navigable waters, you will need to submit an application form to close waters.

 Marine education for schools

Find out about the marine safety education programs that the Department of Transport's Marine Boatshed runs for schools and other educational institutions.

 Planning your trip

Find out how to plan for your boat trip, including what you need to bring and how to operate a boat trailer. Also remember to set up an emergency contact before your leave.

 Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST)

Find out if you need a Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST) and how to get one. Information on RST equivalents is also provided here.
Page last updated: Tue Jan 14 2020 2:31:12 PM