Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV), Victoria's safety regulator for maritime activities, is proposing a new waterway rule for personal watercraft (PWC) operators in shoreline areas of Port Phillip Bay.

A PWC includes jet skis, wave runners and similar vessels that have an engine used for propulsion, fully enclosed hull, don’t retain water and are operated by standing, kneeling or sitting astride.

The proposed rule - drafted following consultation with enforcement partners, councils, and industry - is intended to improve safety for PWC riders, swimmers and other vessel operators in Port Phillip Bay.

The proposed rule would prohibit irregular riding of PWCs in Shared Zones, and would require PWC operators to navigate the vessel in a direct line through Shared Zones. This is intended to help other waterway users predict the path of the PWC.

To have your say on the proposed waterway rule, please review the Consultation Paper and complete the survey below.

All feedback will be taken into account when deciding whether the rule will be implemented. MSV will then publish its Reasons for Decision on the MSV website (transportsafety.vic.gov.au/maritime-safety) and Engage Victoria.

Provide your feedback

Do you own or operate a personal watercraft (PWC)? Required
Do you support the proposed rule for PWC use on Port Phillip Bay? Required
Do you foresee any risks or issues if this rule is implemented? Required
Please select which of the following additional options should also be considered? (Note: this will not be implemented as part of this process but could inform future considerations).

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.