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What to look for

Look out for Australian Builders Plates on new Australian made and imported recreational boats, including owner built boats.

The ABP aims to make boating safer by providing information about the capability of boats including: the maximum number of people and load they can safely carry; the maximum outboard engine power and the buoyancy performance for smaller boats.

Here are two examples–



Sample: ABP plate for a boat less than 6 metres

Sample ABP plate for a boat 6 metres or more in length not designed to be powered by an outboard engine.


Plates for boats less than 6 metres need to have a buoyancy statement – and they also need to specify either basic or level flotation

Plates for boats more than 6 metres do not require a buoyancy statement

Click here for a sample ABP with explanatory notes (other examples are provided in the National Standard for the ABP)

Boats will not need a plate if they are: aquatic toys; amphibious vehicles; canoes, kayaks or similar boats designed to be paddle-powered such as surf skis; hydrofoils or hovercraft; pedal powered boats; personal watercraft carrying no more than two people; racing boats; rowing shells used for racing or rowing training; sailboards; sailing boats; submersibles and surf row boats.