Australian Maritime Safety Authority

About the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (the AMSA Act). AMSA’s principal functions are:

  • promoting maritime safety and protection of the marine environment
  • preventing and combating ship-sourced pollution in the marine environment
  • providing infrastructure to support safety of navigation in Australian waters
  • providing a national search and rescue service to the maritime and aviation sectors.

Enabling legislation

AMSA operates under the AMSA Act and is also subject to the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

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