Speed Limits



The new Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 was approved by the GCWA Board in December 2017.

You can find the new Strategy here

The Strategy builds upon earlier community consultation and stakeholder engagement, providing a framework for good regulatory decision-making for speed limits.  The Strategy also provides a more simplified approach, making it easier for everyone to understand the rules around speed and behaviour on our waterways.

The Strategy sets out a number of priorities and actions in line with GCWA’s overarching vision of Sustain, Promote and Enhance.

Also included, is the new Who’s Who in the Blue guide – a handy reference that clearly sets out which agencies have responsibilities for various speed limit, operator behaviour and other waterways matters across Gold Coast waterways.

Thanks to everyone who contributed comments during the consultation period.



We appreciate that speeding is an important issue. Water Police, Maritime Safety Queensland and Fisheries Queensland enforce speeding and other unsafe on-water behaviour.

Speeding boats can be reported to the Water Police through Policelink on 13 14 44. The Water Police are happy to take your report and give you an email address if you would like to send in photos or videos.

Alternatively, please contact Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 13 25 23 or 07 5635 6900.

Check out the handy Who’s Who in the Blue guide for more information about who to contact in relation to waterways matters.

Additional Resources

Earlier work in relation to speed limits can be found in the below documents:

Last updated: 28 February 2018

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