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. Declared areas currently include Randwick City Council local government area, Northern Beaches Council local government area and Richmond Valley Council local government area.
Randwick Local Government Area map [PDF 1.40Mb]
Richmond Valley Local Government Area map [PDF 126KB]
Northern Beaches Local Government Area map [PDF 1.2Mb]
Some lifejackets approved under other standards may also meet the requirements.
Check weather conditions
Old4New lifejacket program
Recreational fishing licence
Safefishing Tips and Resources