New edition of RST Workbook now availablePeople wanting to get their Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST) will benefit from the release of a new edition of the RST Workbook featuring more self- test questions, diagrams and helpful boating advice.
People wanting to get their Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST) will benefit from the release of a new edition of the RST Workbook featuring more self- test questions, diagrams and helpful boating advice.
Department of Transport (DoT) General Manager of Marine Safety Ray Buchholz said the Recreational Skipper's Ticket Workbook Seventh Edition contained up-to-date safe boating information and all the required knowledge a person needs to obtain an RST.
"It is a complete guide to obtaining the RST which is compulsory in WA for people in charge of a recreational vessel powered by has an engine with more than 6 hp (4.5 kW)," Mr Buchholz said.
The RST is a nationally-recognised certificate of competency which shows that the holder has the minimum knowledge and practical skills needed to operate a powerboat safely.
"Not only is the workbook an essential tool for gaining an RST, it is a good reference for the existing 214,000 RST holders in WA to refresh and update their knowledge of safe boating practices and current rules and regulations."
Mr Buchholz said consultation with a range of stakeholders including training providers had been valuable and helped ensure the workbook met the needs of users.
Each year approximately 25,000 RST Workbooks are distributed by DoT to people wanting to gain the qualification. In 2014 DoT issued more than 13,500 RSTs to applicants.
The free workbook is available online and for those wanting a hard copy it has been distributed to more than 100 marine safety display locations throughout WA. Visit the RST workbook page for a copy of the workbook or the display locations.
The RST Workbook is produced using funds from recreational boat registration fees.
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Comments sought on boating safety improvements south of PerthNew speed limits, boating prohibited zones and changes to water ski areas are part of proposed changes to improve safety for people enjoying the coastline between Fremantle and Port Kennedy.
New speed limits, boating prohibited zones and changes to water ski areas are part of proposed changes to improve safety for people enjoying the coastline between Fremantle and Port Kennedy.
Department of Transport (DoT) Manager Navigational Safety and Moorings Mark Briant said feedback was now sought on 10 proposals designed to improve the management of the area released today as part of the South Metropolitan Aquatic Use Review.
He said the proposals were the result of initial consultation with key stakeholders, including the local government authorities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Rockingham, Department of Parks and Wildlife, resident associations, boating associations, Yachting WA and the Cockburn Sound Management Council.
"The purpose of the review is to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of the coastline as the area's population grows and demand increases for a variety of aquatic activities," Mr Briant said.
Proposed changes include the introduction of a 8 knot speed limit from south of the Fremantle Sailing Club to Port Coogee Marina and creation of two separate safe swimming areas, south of the sailing club and the marina, where motorised vessels will be prohibited.
"Changes to the water ski area north of Woodman Point, reducing the size and allowing personal water craft (PWC) freestyling together with the removal of gazetted parasailing and commercial PWC areas will better reflect current usage," Mr Briant said.
"At Rockingham, an increase is proposed to the take-off and landing zone for the water ski area at Mangles Bay and a reduced 8 knot speed limit is proposed for Shoalwater Bay.
"Growing safety concerns about interaction between vessels and those diving on the Saxon Ranger wreck in Warnbro Sound has prompted a proposed reduction in the current ski area and there's a request to extend the beach take-off and landing zone under consideration for the area."
Mr Briant said feedback from regular users of the coastline would be considered to ensure any changes reflected local community views.
For more information about the aquatic review, make a comment on the proposals or participate in a survey about the changes visit the Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR) page.
The proposals are available for comments until January 30, 2016.
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
Saving time and money for WA motoristsMotorists will soon be able to complete a statutory declaration verifying their fitness to drive rather than attend a medical assessment, as recognised in the inaugural 2015 Red Tape Reduction Report Card under the latest State Government efforts to slash
Motorists will soon be able to complete a statutory declaration verifying their fitness to drive rather than attend a medical assessment, as recognised in the inaugural 2015 Red Tape Reduction Report Card under the latest State Government efforts to slash red tape.
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Temporary closure: Kelmscott Vehicle Examination CentreCustomers are advised that the Department of Transport Kelmscott Vehicle Examination Centre will be temporarily closed from 4pm Friday 2 October 2015, until further notice.
Customers are advised that the Department of Transport Kelmscott Vehicle Examination Centre will be temporarily closed from 4pm Friday 2 October 2015, until further notice.
Please call 1300 782 713 for all vehicle examination bookings.
Telephone scam warningThe Department of Transport (DoT) would like to alert its customers to a potential telecommunications scam.
The Department of Transport (DoT) would like to alert its customers to a potential telecommunications scam where a caller, claiming to be from DoT, asks for insurance/personal details over the phone and may also involve automated calls asking customers to respond to a survey.
Further information relating to identity checks may be found on the DoT website under Verification of proof of identity.
If you think you have received a fraudulent phone call, please alert the Department of Commerce.