Recreational boats in the Northern Territory (NT) do not need registration. 
You are also not required to hold a licence to drive them.

But you must follow:

  • minimum requirements for safety equipment, including any exemptions that are applicable
  • marine rules and regulations.

Minimum requirements for safety equipment

Check your safety equipment and ensure that it is:

  • in good condition
  • of regulation standard
  • available for immediate use.

Read and carry on board the minimum safety equipment requirements table.

Marine safety rules

You will find the below topics on the marine safety guide

Recreational boat safety quiz

Test your knowledge about boating safety in the NT by taking the boating knowledge quiz.

Boating Knowledge Quiz website

More Information contact

Marine Safety NT
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics