We know boaters want better facilities and access, less congestion, better facility management, and transparency of funding used for facilities.

That’s why we are developing a Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy that will address long-standing issues in this sector and underpin prioritisation of future boating investment.

A Victorian first, this strategy will provide the road map for future investment and the boating community will have a chance to help us shape it.

The Victorian Government has passed legislation to establish the Better Boating Fund that will return every dollar of marine licensing and boat registration fees to improving boating safety and facilities. The Fund will be operational in July 2021.

The Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy will inform how the Better Boating Fund will be allocated. And that’s why we’ll be working closely with the boating community to understand what they believe are the priorities for Victoria.

A Ministerial Boating Round Table has been established to assist with the planning and development of the Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy. The first Round Table meeting took place in late December 2020.

We asked boaters to help us identify what they believe the boating priorities are across Victoria in a consultation that ran between 29 January – 20 February.

We’ve analysed this feedback and consolidated it across eight districts. We now need boaters to confirm which ones are really important so we can build this into a draft Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy that we will seek feedback on later in the year.


Feedback has now closed. We would like to thank everybody who took part in the Confirming Victoria’s Boating Priorities consultation.

Your feedback will help inform the draft Victorian Recreational Boating Strategy that we will be consulting on soon. You can still read the district plans by clicking on the links below.