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Lifejacket Law

Anyone rock fishing in a declared location must wear an appropriate lifejacket. This includes people helping you to rock fish and children.

Failing to wear an appropriate lifejacket while rock fishing in a declared area may result in a $100 on the spot fine. 

Declared Areas

As a general rule, if you are fishing from rocks exposed to ocean swell in a declared area, then you will need to wear a lifejacket. It is safest to wear a lifejacket whenever and wherever you are rock fishing.

Above: The Randwick Local Governement Area showing the declared areas where a lifejacket ust be worn.

Lifejacket safety standards


  • For an adult, must meet Australian Standard AS 4758 level 50S or greater.
  • For a child (under 12 years of age), must be level 100 Australian Standard AS 4758 or greater.
  • Must be the correct size for the wearer.
  • Must be in good condition.
  • If the lifejacket is inflatable it must not rely solely on oral inflation for buoyancy and must be serviced every 12 months. A longer service period might apply if specified by the manufacturer.

Some lifejackets approved under other standards may also meet the requirements.