Indeed, Australian Registration
(or any other country rego) is purely a function of international movement of a vessel - it's the boat's passport, if you like. It serves no other purpose. Once you have imported the boat into Australia
and presumably you're not 'cruising internationally' anymore, and are now residing back in your home state, Australian Rego is irrelevant. You then need to have it State registered - I guess an analogy is owning a car which has to be registered in a State. To the State authorities (NSW Maritime, Queensland
Transport, Vic Roads, etc) your Australian rego is moot.
Quote from D&D
"there is a view that suggests it may not be required...and the prospect of the single
, Federal system in 2013"
I obviously came late onto this thread (and am new on this forum) so don't want to be involved in any arguments, however as I mentioned above, I was recently employed by NSW Maritime ( left to start my own business ) and know the legislation as it applies in NSW. D&D, the only "view" that counts when talking about legalities is the law. The "prospect of a Federal system in 2013", is just that, a prospect and it ain't 2013 yet. So all we can deal with now, and advise now is what the legislation requires - and that is quite simple. If you reside in a State you need State rego - end of story. I also, seriously doubt a federal system will get off the ground because the State goverments are too addicted to their revenue grabbing and boat licencing and boat regos bring in a lot of revenue!
Sure, there are people living aboard
who dodge the system. There are even liveaboards in Sydney
Harbour, and unlike Queensland
, you're not allowed by law to 'live' permanently on a yacht in NSW. Though of course many do, they just have to keep moving around. But even if you live aboard and tell the authorities "I don't own a house, I live on this boat", you still have a bank account, a medicare card, a driver's licence, etc all needing an "address" (even if it's your sister's place...) AND therefore, you are deemed to be a resident of that State, and therefore you need that State's Vessel Registration
People all round the world
, dodge the authorities and what the 'system' says you have to do (European Gypsies have been doing it for centuries) but I am advising what the law requires here and further, in my experience of 30 years of travelling (yachts, Kombis, living abroad), it is much 'easier' to blend into obscurity when you have what is required by the authorities rather than become a 'person of interest' on their radar
because they think you are trying to pull a fast one...