Removal of boat registration labels in Queensland

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove the requirement to display registration labels on Queensland registered boats and personal watercraft from 1 October 2019.

Registration labels have been issued for many years, and is commonly accepted by the public and enforcement agencies as an indicator of a boat having current registration. However, with advancements in technology over recent years, owners/masters and enforcement officers now have the ability to easily check the registration status of a boat without relying on the registration label.

MSQ will continue to provide boaties with registration information and tools to remind them of their registration expiry/due date. This will include:

  • Renewal notices – will continue to be sent approximately 4 weeks prior to registration expiry.
  • Overdue registration fees notice – will continue to be sent to customers if their boat registration expires.
  • Direct Debit – provides a convenient ‘set and forget’ payment option for customers.
  • E-reminders – customers can sign up to receive email reminders for their boat registration.

MSQ is seeking feedback on the proposal by 7 June. Submissions can be made via email to Full details are available here.

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