Wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards

We have proposed some changes to the rules for wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards in Queensland. These changes will help improve marine safety on Queensland waters.

We'd like to hear your feedback on the changes we have proposed.

The survey will take you approximately 5–10 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous and confidential.

Before submitting your responses, please read this package of consultation materials:

You may also find our information about the current rules in Queensland useful:

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Wearing lifejackets—solo operators

We would like your feedback about changes to make it compulsory for people who are boating alone to wear a lifejacket on open boats or on deck on cabin boats up to 4.8m in length.

 
Do you think people boating alone should wear a lifejacket on open boats or on deck on cabin boats up to 4.8m in length? *

If it was compulsory for people boating alone to wear a lifejacket on open boats or on deck on cabin boats up to 4.8m in length, should it only apply while underway? (Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.)  *
How often do you currently wear a lifejacket when you are boating alone on open boats or on deck on cabin boats up to 4.8m in length?  *
Wearing lifejackets—children

We would like your feedback about changes to make it compulsory for children (1 or more but less than 12 years) to wear lifejackets on:

  • all open boats or on deck on cabin boats
  • all open boats or on deck on cabin boats—while underway
  • all open craft—including personal watercraft (commonly called a jet ski), kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft.
 
Do you think children should wear a lifejacket on open boats or on deck on cabin boats? (Children are 1 or more but less than 12 years.) *

If it was compulsory for children to wear a lifejacket on open boats or on deck on cabin boats, should it only apply while underway? (Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.) (Children are 1 or more but less than 12 years.)  *
How often do you currently make sure children in your care wear a lifejacket on open boats or on deck on cabin boats up to 4.8m in length? (Children are 1 or more but less than 12 years.)  *
 
Do you think children should wear a lifejacket on other open craft, such as personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft? (Children are 1 or more but less than 12 years.) *

How often do you currently make sure children in your care wear a lifejacket on other open craft, such as personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft? (Children are 1 or more but less than 12 years.)  *
Wearing lifejackets—crossing a coastal bar

We would like your feedback about changes to make it compulsory for everyone (1 year or more) to wear a lifejacket when crossing a designated coastal bar on:

  • all open boats
  • all open boats and craft (including personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft).
 
Do you think everyone (1 year or more) should wear a lifejacket when crossing a coastal bar on open boats? *

How often do you currently wear a lifejacket when crossing a coastal bar on open boats?  *
How often do you make sure everyone on board (1 year or more) wears a lifejacket when you are skippering your open boat and crossing a coastal bar?  *
 
Do you think everyone (1 year or more) should wear a lifejacket when crossing a coastal bar on other open craft (including personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft)? *

How often do you currently wear a lifejacket when crossing a coastal bar on other open craft (including personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis and other watercraft)?  *
Wearing lifejackets—night

We would like your feedback about changes to make it compulsory for everyone (1 year or more) to wear a lifejacket when boating at night (between sunset and sunrise) on open boats up to 4.8m in length.

 
Do you think everyone (1 year or more) should wear a lifejacket when boating at night on open boats up to 4.8m in length? *

If it was compulsory for everyone (1 year or more) to wear a lifejacket when boating at night on open boats up to 4.8m in length, should it only apply while underway? (Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.)  *
How often do you currently wear a lifejacket when boating at night on an open craft up to 4.8m in length?  *
Wearing kill switch safety lanyards—solo operators

We would like your feedback about changes to make it compulsory for people who are boating alone to wear a kill switch safety lanyard on open boats up to 4.8m in length.

 
Do you think people boating alone should wear a kill switch safety lanyard on open boats up to 4.8m in length? *

If it was compulsory for people boating alone to wear a kill switch safety lanyard on open boats up to 4.8m in length, should it only apply while underway? (Underway is when the boat is not at anchor, moored, made fast to shore or aground.)  *
How often do you currently wear a kill switch safety lanyard when boating alone on an open boat up to 4.8m in length?  *
Wearing kill switch safety lanyards—personal watercraft

We would like your feedback about changes to make it compulsory for people who are operating a personal watercraft (commonly called a jet ski) to wear a kill switch safety lanyard.

We would also like your feedback about introducing an offence when:

  • an engine is tampered with, so a kill switch safety lanyard is not needed
  • the master of the personal watercraft is not wearing a kill switch safety lanyard.
 
Do you think people should wear a kill switch safety lanyard when operating a personal watercraft? *

Do you currently wear a kill switch safety lanyard when operating a personal watercraft?  *
 
Do you think there should be an offence for tampering with an engine so that a kill switch safety lanyard does not need to be used? *

 
Do you think there should be an offence for when a kill switch safety lanyard is not attached to the master of a personal watercraft?

General
 
Which statement best summarises the likelihood that you will adopt safer practices after reading the supporting information with this survey?

Do you own or operate a boat or other craft (including personal watercraft, kayaks, surf skis) in Queensland?  *
If yes, what sort of boat or other craft do you own or operate in Queensland? (Please select all that apply.)  

How long have you owned or operated a boat or other craft?  
What type of vessel/s do you own or operate? (Please select all that apply.)  
How often do you operate your vessel?  
In which region of Queensland do you most use your boat or other personal watercraft?  
Further comments
Do you have any general comments about our proposed changes to rules for wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards?  *
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