Victoria’s Marine Industry Showcased at Melbourne Boat Show

Victoria’s strong marine manufacturing industry will go on show on 17-20 June 2016 with world class products and services at the $10 million Melbourne Boat Show at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Steven Potts, CEO of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) said, “Victoria has a world class expanding marine industry and this will become increasingly important for Victorian manufacturing as the automotive manufacturing industry closes down.

“Leading Melbourne based marine manufacturers including Haines Hunter, Bar Crusher, Whittley, Evolution and Caribbean are all releasing new innovations and models at the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show, along with a number of highly regarded international manufacturers.”

The BIAV Melbourne Boat Show showcases Victoria’s marine industry which employs over 17,000 Victorians (EFT) and contributes $4.6 billion to the Victorian economy annually and has the potential to expand by 40% creating thousands of more jobs with better access to water.

Mr. Potts said through the BIAV’s continuing education and industry linked apprenticeship careers program, the Melbourne Boat Show will also be used to attract apprentices.

The Boat Show provides a unique opportunity to view and discuss the type of jobs involved in the marine industry including marine mechanics, marina management, manufacturing and the repair and servicing of all watercraft. Event management and promotion are also involved in marketing the boating lifestyle and residential marinas.

The BIAV’s Boating & Marine Industry Careers Guide  for Victorian schools and tertiary education institutions, has been a major success in providing information pathways maximising the training and employment opportunities within the boating industry.

One of the major areas of employment growth in Victoria linked to boating is destination boating tourism which is being promoted by the BIAV in partnership with local government through the release of the Boating Industry Snapshot: Destination Boating providing boat owners with information on areas to visit.

Facts on Boating in Victoria:

  • 95% of the of Victorian recreation vessels are trailered,  less than 8 metres in length with 68% of registered boats being operated on Port Phillip and Western Port Bays.
  • There are 172,000 registered water craft in Victoria.
  • The most common boat in Victoria is a five to six metre cabin vessel valued from $15,000 to $25,000.

A Roy Morgan research poll in 2014 showed 86% of Victorian Boat Owners plan on taking a trip in the next twelve months.

The top five destinations for Victorian Boat Owners include:
Mornington Peninsula Region, Philip Island Region, The Lakes Region, Geelong, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads Region and the Murray, Mildura, Swan Hill Region.