News Archive
GST changes…??
In continuing developments to extend the policy on GST-free use of new recreational craft which are to be exported from Australia, recent comments from key federal government officials have suggested that a decision on extending the period from 60 days to 12 months may be taken within the next few weeks. This will be good news for the manufacturing industry in helping to combat the current high value Australian dollar and also the tourism sector by providing for extended cruising of new boats before they depart for foreign shores. An announcement is expected by the end of June and an early implementation is expected to follow a positive decision.”

“Commonwealth marine reserves outlined for SW Australia…
The Australian Government has announced a consultation on a proposed network of Commonwealth marine reserves for the south-west marine region, stretching from Kangaroo Island in the east to Shark Bay World Heritage Area in the west.

The network of reserves comprises a mix of zones that will impact on activities permitted within designated areas, including extensive Marine National Park zones with only very limited scope of activities, which do not include recreational fishing.

In consultation with local BIA representatives from Western Australia and South Australia, it is clear that while generally the proposals do not impact the industry or boaters in such a dramatic way as state marine parks, there are a number of specific concerns with some zones being very close to or encompassing key recreational fishing areas. A combined response will be made to the consultation by BIAA and local state BIAs: any member wishing to contribute should review the consultation document and then contact their state BIA office or direct comments to BIAA directly using CONTACT US on the website.
Boating Industry Alliance welcomes GST changes for recreational marine industry
In a much-awaited announcement from Treasury today, confirmation of an extension to the period that a new-build recreational boat may remain in Australian waters before export or liability to pay GST, has been welcomed by the Boating Industries Alliance Australia.
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Grey imports: an industry response…
BIAA has launched the first phase of a program to tackle the growing and damaging problem of the grey, or parallel, imports market. An education and awareness campaign has commenced with the publication of a consumer-facing information leaflet asking “is it worth it?” when considering a grey import, which is being supported by briefings and seminars at boat shows around the country during the current show season. The leaflet is available to download here or contact your local BIA/MQ office to obtain a supply and more information.

The next phases in the program, to include targeting compliance and development of supporting regulatory requirements, is being developed and will be rolled out to support the industry over the coming months.


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BIAA program to grow the industry…

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Boating Industry Alliance sets an ambitious course At the Melbourne Boat Show the Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, Darren Vaux, on Friday outlined the role of the Alliance as the national voice of the boating industry in Australia. Read more...
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Pictured L to R: Darren Vaux, Chairman BIAA; Nik Parker, General Manager BIAA; Clyde Batty, General Manager BIA Victoria; David Heyes, President BIA Victoria
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MEDIA RELEASE
25 May 2012

Marine Reserves Must be Science Based

The Australian peak boating body, the Boating Industries Alliance Australia is calling on the Government to take positive action to ensure Australia’s five million boaters and fishers are not ‘locked out’ of any proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

Foreign multinational environmental groups have waded into Australia’s Marine Park planning process demanding the Government zone thousands of kilometres of Australia’s oceans to ‘Green’, effectively locking Australia’s boaters and fishers out of these areas forever. There is no science to support these views and no evidence that the proposed zones will in any way be beneficial to the environment or bio-diversity.

The Government has no management plan or infrastructure to police the proposed zones, making the objectives of the marine reserve network completely unenforceable. By denying boaters and fishers access to vast swathes of the oceans, the Government is increasing the risk of foreign fishing fleets plundering Australian waters without scrutiny. Boaters and fishers are typically the only eyes on the water in these areas and with the planned ‘lock outs’, the Government risks losing one of the most significant resources it has available to ensure the sustainable conservation of the marine environment.

The latest plans, revealed in a series of invitation-only presentations around the country, are dramatically different from those that went on public exhibition and if gazetted would result in devastating job losses and business collapses right around the nation in the hundreds of Australia’s coastal communities that rely on boating and fishing activities.

The BIAA fully supports the principles of marine reserves, however, has maintained a consistent position that the zoning must be science and evidence based. “We remain very concerned that the current proposals have no basis in science or fact”, said Nik Parker, General Manager of the BIAA. “The finalisation of the plans should only occur once the science that justifies them has been made public and draft management plans have been offered for public consideration”, he said, adding “this also cannot be considered in isolation of the social and economic impacts”

The Government has a chance to provide a superior environmental, economic and social legacy for all Australians through the Marine Park planning process. This can only be achieved by developing a network of reserves which are clearly and unequivocally based on documented and credible scientific evidence. Pandering to the unjustified advocacy from foreign multinational environment lobby groups has the potential to do irreparable harm to coastal communities around Australia with no demonstrable or sustainable conservation benefit.

Given the substantial changes to the proposed plans, the Government must embark on another round of full public consultation to ensure the views of all groups can be considered in these important decisions. Parker said “the BIAA believes that any plan for the Minister to be making a declaration on the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network and specific marine parks and zoning within the next few months, based on a final ‘yes’ or ‘no’ consultation, is flawed and invalid”, concluding “all stakeholders need to be fully appraised of any new proposals and be given a realistic opportunity to examine plans and review the science that underpins the proposals”.

The Boating Industries Alliance Australia is the national peak body for the boating industry in Australia and represents all the state Boating Industry Associations on national issues.

Contacts:
Darren Vaux – Chairman BIAA 02 9457 9011
Nik Parker – General Manager BIAA 08 8212 6207
www.biaa.com.au
MEDIA RELEASE
18 May 2012
Boating Industries Alliance
Progam for 2012


The Boating Industries Alliance Australia Board met in Sydney yesterday for the first AGM of the year-old Alliance, electing BIANSW President Darren Vaux as Chairman for a second term. Joining Vaux as Vice-Chairman is Andrew Warner, President of BIA Victoria and as Treasurer, George Bolton of BIASA, also standing for a second term.

Looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities facing the boating industry in the next 12 months, Vaux commented “following what has been a very difficult trading period over the last couple of years, we expect to see a pick-up in business over the coming year, being a combination of an increase in consumer confidence as mortgage rates reduce and employment holds firm, and the AUD deflates providing some respite for local manufacturers and importers battling what has been a growing trend of self-importing boats and other products”.

Following a widely-publicised BIAA-led campaign to raise awareness of the impact and potential problems associated with grey imports, targeting boaters, consumers and government agencies alike, Vaux commented “recent discussions focusing on initiatives to bring Australian regulation and standards in line with global markets, are starting to bear fruit. BIAA is looking at options for a new industry-driven, boat design and construction standard which will recognise the world-class quality product manufactured in Australia while providing boaters with an assurance that imported boats are inspected and approved to the same high standard as locally built boats”.

Acknowledging government concerns about protectionist policies, Vaux clarified the initiative would support local industry and boaters alike: “over the next year the BIAA will be working with industry members, standards-setters and international boating industry partners to develop a program of standards that establishes a quality and specification baseline for boats brought to the market, while maintaining the spirit of open competition enjoyed by the boating consumer in being able to source products from across the world to enhance their boating lifestyle”.

In recognising the importance of the boating lifestyle to the Australian market, and foreshadowing the launch of an exciting new boating lifestyle promotion in the coming months, Vaux said “connecting with boaters, of all ages and levels of participation, is a key objective of the BIAA to develop a market place in which our members can do business. Our new boating lifestyle promotion initiative is aimed at attracting new boaters and refreshing the appeal of boating for those already on-board”. Providing boating education and tips, advice on buying a boat, the best places to go boating and up to date information on boating conditions, the promotion will be launched at the Sydney International Boat Show, 2-6 August, 2012.

Helping members grow and sustain their businesses is also a key objective of the BIAA and as a first for Australia, Vaux announced that BIAA will partner with the Marina Industry Association of Australia to present a new international conference, Marine13. “Providing an unprecedented platform for collaboration, innovation, education and understanding between key stakeholders in the marine industries in Australia and abroad and laying the foundations for a safe and prosperous boating future, Marine13 will be the most important event for industry and government leaders alike in the coming year and beyond”, said Vaux. Supported by NSW Government, the Office of Boating Safety and Roads and Maritime Services in NSW as Principal Partner, Marine13 will be held at the Sydney Exhibition and Conference Centre in Sydney on 28-30 April 2013. Further information can be found at www.marine13.com

Commenting on recent developments in legislation and government policy affecting the boating industry, Vaux said “in the next six months, we expect to see the declaration by the Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon Tony Burke, of an encircling network of marine parks right around the continent. In general, the boating industry supports the concept of marine parks to protect and sustain the natural environment which is so intrinsic to boating, but in recent meetings with the Minister, we have continued to advocate the paramount importance to social and economic interests of access to our waterways”. With final consultations on the shape and format of the marine park network expected within the next two to three months, Vaux added “the BIAA will be partnering with other stakeholders to influence the definition of zones and permitted activities under the declaration and in particular to limit or mitigate the potential for negative impact on boating industry, especially in Queensland where we expect the Minister to face some very difficult decisions related to the Coral Sea green zones”.

Supporting Vaux as the newly-confirmed Board of BIAA, following recent state BIA board changes, are Geoff Ellis, President of BIAWA, Andrew Hayes, President of BIASA, Paul Benjamin, Vice-President BIAVic, Simon Cook, Vice-President BIANSW, Byron Hazell, President BIANT and Greg Nickerson and Nathan Nichols, President and Vice-President respectively of Marine Queensland. Nik Parker, as General Manager, continues to support the Board.

The Boating Industries Alliance Australia is the national peak body for the boating industry in Australia and represents all the state Boating Industry Associations on national issues.

Contacts:
Darren Vaux – Chairman BIAA 02 9457 9011
Nik Parker – General Manager BIAA 08 8212 6207
www.biaa.com.au
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MEDIA RELEASE: 19 September 2012
Marine13 program released and registration open
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BIAA new appointment…
The Chairman and Board of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia are delighted to announce that the next step in developing the Alliance as the national voice for the recreational marine industry has been taken with the appointment Nik Parker to the new role of General Manager. Nik joins BIAA with a wealth of industry support knowledge and experience gained during 7 years as Technical Director of the British Marine Federation in UK and more recently with Government of South Australia commercial marine team. Nik brings a strong focus on national and international issues, having represented the industry in UK and Europe on a range of issues related to technical regulation and standards, and has a healthy exposure to working with industry and government agencies to develop policy on some of the key issues affecting the Australian industry today, including parallel imports, marine parks and reserves and industry development and promotion.

BIAA Chairman Darren Vaux said of the news “Nik brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the BIAA that will drive the organisation forward in achieving our core objectives of growing participation in recreational boating nationally, increasing economic impact in the tourism and leisure sectors, representing our members in federal government advocacy, promoting safe and environmentally sound boating and supporting our members in delivering world class products and services to the boating industry. ”

Nik Parker responded by saying “I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with BIAA and the Board to help grow the boating industry in Australia. It’s a strong industry, one of the leading players in the global market, but just as we enter a period of more stable economic conditions and people looking again to their leisure time water-based pursuits, the industry is faced with an expanding range of issues that have the potential to seriously impact the viability of a great many of our members. I’m looking forward to working with the BIAA membership to provide a clear direction for the industry through the maze of issues being faced and taking on the challenge of influencing and shaping future policy at all levels within Australia and beyond.”

The BIAA is the national peak body for the recreational and light commercial marine industry and via its members, the network of state-based boating industry associations, represents over 90% of the industry in Australia. The core aim of the BIAA is to protect, promote and advance the interests of the boating industry in relation to national issues through advocacy to the State and Federal Governments, coupled with the promotion and expansion of the recreational boating industry in Australia through the promotion of the boating lifestyle.

BIAA can be contacted via General Manager Nik Parker at nikparker@biaa.com.au or on 08 8212 6207. See www.biaa.com.au for further information.
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Marine Industry Summit Update
The Boating Industries Alliance Australia convened an emergency summit on 11 July 2011 to bring members together to chart a course of action to address a range of short and longer term issues to ensure the sustainable growth and prosperity of the industry.
In a pre-summit survey of members the following key issues were identified as key priorities for the industry:

1. Grey Imports
– the dramatic increase in the volume and range of non-compliant product being imported into the Australian market. This issue has also highlighted a number of system deficiencies and control points with Federal and State Agencies which is contributing to unsatisfactory outcomes for the industry and consumers.

2. Industry Promotion – the urgent need to enhance the promotion of the boating lifestyle within communities, the contributions of the industry economically, socially and environmentally to governments and increasing the attractiveness of the industry to prospective employees, investors and other stakeholders.

3. Industry Standards – addressing structural issues within the industry which are inhibiting its growth and development. Examples include standards and requirements of the manufacturing, retail and supply chain sectors particularly in comparison to competitor industries.

4. Marine Parks, Infrastructure and Access – addressing the wave of fundamentalist “green” policies that are negatively impacting the industry, communities and the environment, causing disincentives to invest in the industry and dramatically restricting the communities access to our waterways.

5. Government Policies – addressing various policies of governments that are placing stressors on industry participants and inhibiting the growth of the industry.

6. Representation – increasing the effectiveness and unity of the various sectors at the national level in addressing the broad array of issues impacting the industry.

Detailed action plans are being urgently developed by the BIAA in conjunction with the State BIAs and Marine Queensland in response to the input of members. It is expected that further member meetings will be held to provide further updates on the various issues, actions and outcomes achieved to date. The detailed action plans will be made available to members within the next week or two.

Copies of the presentations from the summit are available HERE.
BIAA new appointment…
The Chairman and Board of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia are delighted to announce that the next step in developing the Alliance as the national voice for the recreational marine industry has been taken with the appointment Nik Parker to the new role of General Manager. Nik joins BIAA with a wealth of industry support knowledge and experience gained during 7 years as Technical Director of the British Marine Federation in UK and more recently with Government of South Australia commercial marine team. Nik brings a strong focus on national and international issues, having represented the industry in UK and Europe on a range of issues related to technical regulation and standards, and has a healthy exposure to working with industry and government agencies to develop policy on some of the key issues affecting the Australian industry today, including parallel imports, marine parks and reserves and industry development and promotion.

BIAA Chairman Darren Vaux said of the news “Nik brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the BIAA that will drive the organisation forward in achieving our core objectives of growing participation in recreational boating nationally, increasing economic impact in the tourism and leisure sectors, representing our members in federal government advocacy, promoting safe and environmentally sound boating and supporting our members in delivering world class products and services to the boating industry. ”

Nik Parker responded by saying “I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with BIAA and the Board to help grow the boating industry in Australia. It’s a strong industry, one of the leading players in the global market, but just as we enter a period of more stable economic conditions and people looking again to their leisure time water-based pursuits, the industry is faced with an expanding range of issues that have the potential to seriously impact the viability of a great many of our members. I’m looking forward to working with the BIAA membership to provide a clear direction for the industry through the maze of issues being faced and taking on the challenge of influencing and shaping future policy at all levels within Australia and beyond.”

The BIAA is the national peak body for the recreational and light commercial marine industry and via its members, the network of state-based boating industry associations, represents over 90% of the industry in Australia. The core aim of the BIAA is to protect, promote and advance the interests of the boating industry in relation to national issues through advocacy to the State and Federal Governments, coupled with the promotion and expansion of the recreational boating industry in Australia through the promotion of the boating lifestyle.

BIAA can be contacted via General Manager Nik Parker at nikparker@biaa.com.au or on 08 8212 6207. See www.biaa.com.au for further information.
Keep on fishing…
In response to growing pressure on the number one boating activity – recreational fishing – from a wide range of challenges, including expansion of marine parks and reserves and conservation-inspired threats to fishing, BIAA, has partnered with like-minded peak bodies to commission a report on the sector. Keep Australia Fishing has been published to present the case for recreational fishing and sets some key recommendations to protect, promote and grow the sector and pastime. The report can be downloaded here and over the coming months BIAA and partners will be taking action to implement the recommendations: industry support will be a key to this and programs will be announced soon.


Keep Australia Fishing Report
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