Queensland has one of the longest coastlines in Australia.

As boating gets more popular, we also see the number of rescue situations increasing every year.

Our Marine Rescue Volunteer services do a fantastic job of keeping our boaties and those enjoying our incredible marine environment safe.

Queensland has two existing marine rescue services run by dedicated volunteers - Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland (VMRAQ) and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA). Between them there are currently 47 Marine Rescue Volunteer units across the state, with approximately 3,500 volunteers and more than 100 rescue vessels between them.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering improved marine safety outcomes for Queenslanders and visiting tourists and we do this by supporting Queensland’s Marine Rescue sector and ensuring that our volunteers have the equipment they need to deliver this vital community safety program.

Read our full policy here.

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will provide $35.38 million over four years to:
Progress a transition to an integrated state-wide marine rescue service supported by a Marine Rescue Queensland Implementation Working Group which will include representatives from VMRAQ and AVCGA.
Deliver new vessels for our vital marine rescue volunteer units across Queensland
Provide operational funding and capacity building for marine rescue services to continue delivering improved marine safety outcomes and public safety services
Ensure that the safety of our volunteers is not placed at risk in providing this vital community service
Support jobs within the Queensland boat building industry and supporting the Queensland manufacturing industry
Increase funding for insurance costs and provide for additional operational expenses incurred by Squadrons and Flotillas.