Boating Industry Association

The Association

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) provides a forum to discuss industry needs, problems and solutions and serves as the representative of the industry to Federal, State and Local Government departments and agencies, as well as other industry bodies, corporate interests, allied organisations, media and the general public.

The BIA represents over 90% of the recreational and light commercial marine industry. Our members get Australians onto the water, through the manufacture, wholesale or retail of products and services to the recreational boating consumer, and light commercial marine operators.

The Association strives to ensure that its members’ voices are heard in all relevant government, community and industry forums, to ensure any decisions that impact this lifestyle truly consider the needs of the boating community.

The main objective of the BIA is to support and improve the sustainability of the recreational and light commercial marine industry.

The BIA represents an industry that generates an annual turnover of $8 billion, exporting $1 billion in products and services*.
*BIAA State of Industry Survey 2013-2014


  Increase recreational boat ownership and use in Australia through the development of the marine industry and the promotion of recreational boating.
  Promote recreational boating as a safe, environmentally sound and responsible leisure pastime for Australians.
  Promote ongoing and enduring improvements to safety, training, facilities and legislation relevant to the industry, with a focus on self regulation.
  Work with appropriate organisations and authorities to address issues related to the environment, boating safety, waterways infrastructure, access to waterways and related public facilities.
  Conduct a national program of boat shows to promote wider awareness of the industry both internally and externally.