If your boat was built, modified or imported after September 2006 then you are required to have a compliant Australian Builders Plate (ABP) fitted.
The Australian Builders Plate (ABP) is a national initiative to make boating safer by providing vital information about the capacity, capability and limitations of ships. The ABP requires ship builders, importers or competent persons to clearly display information about a ship's operational capabilities in a standard format.
Penalties apply for selling a vessel without an Australian Builders Plate that is required to have one fitted.
Hull Identification Numbers (HINs) are a great tool in theft deterrent and recovery of stolen vessels. HINs are a unique series of characters and numbers assigned to a ship. They are permanent and usually issued by the manufacturer. They are fitted in two places on the hull, in a conspicuous place and an inconspicuous place. One of these places is likely to be on the Australian Builders Plate.