Life Saving Appliance Code - Australian Government

Service summary

You must comply with this Code if you are the operator of a Regulated Australian Vessel, or if you are the operator of a foreign vessel that is;

  • In an Australian port; or
  • Entering or leaving an Australian port; or
  • In the internal waters of Australia; or
  • In the territorial sea of Australia, other than in the course of innocent passage.

The code sets out requirements relating to:

  • Stowage, fitting and equipment of liferafts;
  • Certification and fitting of lifeboats;
  • New requirements for fast rescue boats;
  • Requirements for lifeboat and rescue boat launching appliances;
  • Carrying capacity of free-fall lifeboats;
  • Changes in the average weight of persons to be used for the design and equipment of life-saving appliances;
  • Extensive new requirements for lifejackets, including the introduction of infant and child lifejackets; and
  • Extensive associated changes to testing requirements for life-saving appliances, including the introduction of reference test devices.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

 Resources
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Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO Box 2181
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

02 62795000

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