Applications Open For Boating Safety And Facility Grants

12 August 2015

Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan today opened applications for the Andrews Labor Government’s $8 million 2015-16 Boating Safety and Facilities Program.

Victorian boating groups, local councils and other community organisations will be able to apply for either individual grants or state-wide programs until 16 September 2015.

The program has typically funded:

  • Boating infrastructure improvements including upgrades to boat ramps, jetties, trailer parking and minor access dredging
  • Master planning for significant boating projects in new or established locations
  • Search and rescue including assisting recognised rescue groups to undertake training and purchase new rescue boats and equipment
  • Aids to navigation including provision of signage, buoyage, navigational aids and vessel traffic systems.

Grants are awarded to applicants who can demonstrate that there is a need for the funding and that they have met appropriate project planning and risk management criteria when applying for funding.

The Labor Government’s Boating Infrastructure Stakeholders Group will provide expert advice on key strategic marine safety and waterway management issues and provide input into grant allocation decisions.

For more information about the program visit Link . For assistance with your application please contact 1800 337 222 or email

Quotes attributable to Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan

“The Boating Safety and Facilities Program is in its sixteenth year and has supported many projects that make Victoria’s waterways safer and more accessible.”

“We’re working to make it easier for Victorians to get outdoors with friends and family to enjoy our waterways.”

“The Government encourages local community groups, councils and waterway management agencies to apply for a BSFP grant before applications close on 16 September 2015.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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