Print the page
-A +A

Lifejackets

New Lifejackets Standard for Australian Boaters

Lifejackets made to the new Australian Standard 4758 are widely available on retailers' shelves, and are accepted by all marine safety authorities.

The new standard will have a minimum impact on boaters, as lifejackets made to the old Australian standards can still to be sold and most will be recognised for many years to come. In most cases, people won't need to replace their older lifejackets as long as they are serviceable.

AS 4758 was introduced to more closely align with international standards and to take into account advances in lifejacket design and manufacture.

Lifejackets made to AS 4758 are marked as -

  • Level 150 - which is similar to inflatable lifejacket Type 1 and suitable for offshore use
  • Level 100 - which is similar to lifejacket Type 1 and the minimum requirement for offshore use
  • Level 50 - which is similar to lifejacket Type 2
  • Level 50 Special Purpose (50s) - which is similar lifejacket Type 3

 

Please note that some states have applied limits to accepting older existing lifejackets based on when they were manufactured.

So if you have an existing lifejacket made to the old standards, it is important that you contact your local marine safety authority to find out if it is still accepted.

Lifejackets are a key safety feature in recreational boating. An National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) study* found that people who survived a boating incident were more than twice as likely to have been wearing a lifejacket compared to those who died and concluded that if lifejacket usage increased to 50%, 2-3 lives could be saved nationally each year.

For more details on lifejacket laws in your state, please contact your local marine safety agency.

Types of Lifejackets

It's important that each person on board has an approved lifejacket for the activity and conditions that they intend to boat in. If unsure, check with your local marine agency.

New lifejackets manufactured to the new Australian Standard 4758 are marked as -

  • Level 150 - which is similar to inflatable lifejacket Type 1 and suitable for offshore use
  • Level 100 - which is similar to lifejacket Type 1 and the minimum requirement for offshore use
  • Level 50 - which is similar to lifejacket Type 2
  • Level 50 Special Purpose (50s) - which is similar to lifejacket Type 3
lev_100plus.png lev_50.png
lev_50s.png
Level 150 or Level 100 Level 50 Level 50s
A level 150 or level 100 lifejacket is designed to keep you in a safe "face up" floating position. There are two types - fixed buoyancy and those which are self or manually inflatable. It can be worn for general boating in all waters. A level 50 lifejacket or buoyancy vest has less buoyancy than a lifejacket Type 1 and may not rotate you to a "face up" floating position. Normally used for sailing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfacing and on personal watercraft. A level 50s similar buoyancy characteristics as a level 50 but is manufactured in a wider range of colours. Favoured by water skiers and PWC riders, it is also available as a built in garment (eg waterskiing wet suit).

Lifejackets made to AS 4758, will be accepted by all marine safety authorities by 1 July 2010.

The new standard will have minimum impact on boaters, as lifejackets are made to the old Australian standards can continue to be sold.

Please note that some states have applied time limits to accepting older existing lifejackets based on when they were manufactured.

If you have an existing lifejacket made to the old standards, it is important that you check with your local marine safety authority to find out if it is still accepted.

Buying a Lifejacket

Try the lifejacket on in the shop before you buy

  • Choose the appropriate weight and size range. It should be snug without confining or riding up.
  • Ensure you can put it on quickly, with minimal instruction
  • Choose one that is made in bright colours
  • Reflective tape will assist rescuers to find you at night

 

Maintaining your Lifejacket
Always read and service your jacket according to the manufacturer's instructions

After use -

  • Do not machine wash or tumble dry
  • Rinse in fresh water and dry thoroughly
  • Check webbing belts, buckles and straps are in good order

 

For inflatable lifejackets

  • If your jacket is water-activated (automatic) remove the bobbin before washing to avoid accidental inflation and replace it once your jacket is dry
  • Check that the CO2 cylinder is firmly screwed into the inflator
  • Check the air chamber by inflating it via the oral tube and leave it inflated overnight
  • Make sure the jacket is serviced at least annually or at such longer intervals allowed by the manufacturer.
  • Any questions? Phone the manufacturer or the place of purchase.

Please contact your local marine safety authority for further details on lifejacket laws in your state.

Lifejacket - wear it! Safety Campaign

 

WEARALIFEJACKET_horizontal.jpg

Lifejackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on any recreational vessel.

wear-it_logo.JPG

A lifejacket must be carried for each person on board all vessels, unless exempt. It must be the correct size for the wearer and in good working condition. But it can’t save your life unless you’re wearing it. 

For further details go to:  http://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/lifejackets/index.html

Lifejacket Awareness - Marine and Safety Tasmania

Safety Equipment


 

View Videos