Life Saving Appliance Code - Australian Government


You must comply with this code if you operate a regulated Australian vessel or if you operate a foreign vessel that is:

  • in an Australian port
  • entering or leaving an Australian port
  • in the internal waters of Australia
  • 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 life rafts
  • 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 life jackets, including the introduction of infant and child life jackets
  • extensive associated changes to testing requirements for life-saving appliances, including the introduction of reference test devices.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

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Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 25 (Equipment - lifesaving) 2014 Australian Government

Navigation Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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