BIA Victoria - The Voice Of The Marine Industry

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria is the peak body for the marine sector. It represents an industry worth $4 Billion dollars to the Victorian economy and provides over 17,700 FTE jobs.

Premier Launches Boating growth with Super Boat Ramp at Portland

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria today praised the Napthine Coalition Government at the official opening of the Portland Harbour Boat Ramp in South West Victoria. 

The Portland Harbour boat ramp is part of a $6.1 million recreational boating infrastructure project which also includes a new 70 berth marina and increased car and trailer parking.

BIAV President Paul Benjamin said “Premier Denis Napthine has delivered a jewel in the crown for Victorian recreational boating with the completion of the four lane super ramp at Portland.

“The boating industry will certainly benefit from the Portland Harbour development with improved access to Portland’s offshore Bluefin Tuna fishery driving sustained growth in Victorian recreational boat manufacturing and sales.

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Premier Denis Napthine, BIAV President (Paul Benjamin) & CEO (Steven Potts) Portland Boat Ramp

Bayside Jeep: Official BIAV Tow Vehicle

We are proud to announce Bayside Jeep has come on board with the industry as the official tow vehicle of the BIAV.

BIAV CEO Steven Potts said “This provides a fantastic benefit for BIAV members to access “better than fleet” prices across the entire Bayside Automotive Group’s product range (incl. Jeep, Dodge, Suzuki & Nissan)”

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Industry Facts


There are currently 268,336 current Marine Licences, 172,805 registered boats and 996,000* boating participants in Victoria (*Morgan Poll 2012 – Victorian and Tasmanian).


Trailer boating is the most affordable sector of the recreational boating industry. Boats range in price from $4,000 for a 4m boat up to $140,000 for a 7.5m boat. Nearly half of Victorian boat owners are in the $37,000 to $80,000 income bracket.


Over 95% of Victorian recreational vessel registrations are trailered boats which are less than 8m in length.


68% of Victorian registered boats are operated on Port Phillip and Westernport Bays each year.

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