The previous eNews CEO column focused on our Marine Jobs deliverable, as part of our key priorities. Today’s eNews will focus on our membership deliverable, under heading: Industry Programs, Products and Services. This work is central to BIA supporting members to build thriving businesses.

Over recent editions we have made an effort to cover our strategic key priorities as follows:

  • Grow Participation in Boating  –  09/08/2023 eNews
  • Delivery Government Advocacy  –  23/08/2023 eNews
  • Deliver Industry Programs, Products and Services
  • Promote Educations, Skills and Jobs  –  06/09/2023 eNews

Our membership focus in recent weeks has included holding State Council Meetings in NSW and SA (Qld is next), with the focus being our reach to members via a revised approach, ensuring accountability by the BIA Team.

The Structure of the BIA, like most organisations can ‘typically’ be noted follows;

  • BIA President and Board
  • CEO and Executive / BIA Team
  • State Councils
  • Divisions
  • Members

However, we are shaking things up, to ensure that the BIA Team are accountable to the membership, and we are doing this, with a focus on our structure, meeting agendas and ensuring we are more effective with identified outcomes.

We will be using State Council and Division meeting agendas informed from the bottom up where members will have the opportunity to support an action-orientated approach. State Council and Division members will help shape the deliverables that we, the BIA Team, will be accountable to; accountable to the Divisions and State Councils firstly and then the BIA Board.

     CEO and Executive / BIA Team
     BIA President and Board

The Division structure is key. We have operated a number of Divisions throughout the years and we are able to adjust these depending upon the needs of members. The current active BIA Divisions are:

     1) Women in Boating
     2) Marinas
     3) Houseboat Hirers
     4) Marine Brokers

Remaining BIA Divisions to be reconvened are:

     5) Marine Manufacturing
     6) Trailer Boat Retailers
     7) Shipwrights
     8) Sailing
     9) Marine Mechanics & Technicians

New Divisions to be established are:

     10) Paddle
     11) Tourism

Our first re-visited Divisional meeting will be held this week, Women in Boating. Headed by Committee Chair, Tracy Souris of Sydney Boathouse and supported by BIA, this will set the scene for a Members Forum on Diversity in Boating, on Thursday 28 Sept, to be held at the Sydney Boathouse, Rozelle. The forum will be followed almost immediately by a boating fashion show and networking event, showcasing members apparel, as facilitated by The Boat Princess. The Fashion Show will feature the following member brands:

We encourage members to register and attend the Boating Diversity Forum; we have several speakers and an Industry Panel for discussion, BIA Vice President, Adam Smith as MC. The Forum starts at 5.30pm.

The fashion/ social event, being facilitated by The Boat Princess, is a ticketed event; please register asap to reserve a place, especially as seats are limited., Go to for registration and then, select the Forum (which is free but requires booking) and then select the Boating Fashion Show and social event which is ticketed.

In other parts of the country, congratulations are due to Sheryl Swarbrick and the BIA WA Team for delivering a great Perth Boat Show, last weekend. Below are some photographs showing scenes from the event.


Andrew Scott

Main photo above: L-R, Andrew Scott (BIA Ltd), Tony Spiteri (BIA WA) and David Meehan (Mercury Marine)