The linking up of the Australian Boat Industry Association (BIA) with the Boating Industry Association of Victoria represents a further step forward in the BIA becoming a national organisation. In a joint statement, the two bodies said that closer national cooperation to promote the boating industry will flow from an agreement signed between them.

The BIA currently operates in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory. President of the BIA, Alan Blake, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BIA Victoria president Mark Crockford.

The agreement ensures that the two organisations cooperate on national and international policy issues, and on projects and services for their members, such as:

  • National statistics
  • Increasing participation in boating
  • Education and accreditation
  • Marine card and access management system
  • Timing of events and boat shows

Importantly, the two organisations have agreed to review their activities and utilise wherever possible complementary programmes to benefit their members and the boating industry.

“Already the Marine Card concept is being reviewed by the Victorian BIA Education committee and has been discussed with major Melbourne businesses who are enthusiastic to move forward with the program,” says John Temple, chief executive officer of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria Ltd.

In the meantime, a representative of each organisation will have the opportunity to sit in on the other’s board meetings when invited, amongst other cooperative actions.

“With new services being developed, and with many issues on the national agenda rather than individual state agendas, it is a good time to be building a closer national relationship,” says Howard Glenn, chief executive of the Boating Industry Association.

“We look forward to bringing the talent and energy of the Victorian industry representatives into the national discussions, and to the better services we will be able to offer all our members as a result.”

At the recent Sydney International Boat Show, Glenn told IBI: “We anticipate that by January 2018 the BIA will be a fully national body. We have been talking with the Western Australia BIA for some time and we are hopeful they will join the BIA soon.”