Life Saving Appliance Code - Australian Government


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
  • 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 lifejackets, including the introduction of infant and child lifejackets
  • 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 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.

Other resources

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Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000