Dept of Transport Media Releases
As of this Saturday March 4 2017 State law has been updated to include the recognition of "Lifejacket Standards ISO 12402", providing greater choice for skippers and others who need to comply with safety requirements when on the water. The change will bring WA in line with other Australian jurisdictions.
It important to note that there will not be any changes for most skippers as they can continue to carry Australian Standard lifejackets (AS 4758, AS 1512) when operating in unprotected waters in WA. The biggest change will be for consumers as the ISO standard designed lifejackets provide another alternative for boating, sailing and other activities.
The WA Kite Surfing Association and Windsurfing WA lobbied DoT for the inclusion of the standards after the State became a signatory to the International Lifejacket Principles in 2013 and compulsory wearing of lifejackets was introduced for kite and windsurfers.
For more information about the lifejacket standards required to be compliant with State marine laws people should read the free DoT guide available at www.transport.wa.gov.au/lifejackets