Annual Regulatory Program 2023-24

Our regulatory program is prepared annually and contains details of planned and completed changes to our regulatory instruments

Publishing a regulatory program makes it easier for business and the community to take part in the development of our regulatory instruments, such as marine orders and the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.

The regulatory program contains information on consultation on legislative or other action planned during the current financial year that could lead to changes in our regulatory instruments.

We publish an annual regulatory program each financial year.

While AMSA works hard to deliver the program as published, there may be unforeseen delays to consultation or implementation for amended instruments, including from consultation feedback, resourcing constraints or other work priorities.There may also be some regulatory activities that we are unable to forecast at the time the program is published. As such, proposed instruments in the regulatory program 2023-24 should be considered indicative only. In all cases, however, significant regulatory changes will involve consultation with affected parties and will be recorded in future regulatory programs.

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Regulatory Program 2023–24

The regulatory program shows the regulatory changes that will be progressed during the financial year.


Description of Action

Marine Orders – made under the Navigation Act
Marine Order 11 (Living and working conditions on vessels) 2015 AMSA is undertaking a review to give effect to the 2022 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention which comes into force in December 2024.

Marine Order 12 (Construction – subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations) 2016

AMSA is undertaking a full review to give effect to amendments to SOLAS which enter into force on 1 January 2024.

Marine Order 27 (Safety of Navigation and Radio Equipment) 2016 AMSA is undertaking a full review to give effect to amendments to SOLAS Chapter IV which enter into force on 1 January 2024.
Marine Order 47 (Offshore industry units) 2019 AMSA is undertaking a full review to capture the new Dive Code which enters into force voluntarily on 1 January 2024.
Marine Order 54 (Coastal pilotage) 2014 AMSA is conducting a review to address operational issues with licensing of pilot and pilotage providers, consideration for Continuous Professional Development in pilot licence renewal requirements, and the criteria for pilot licence renewal.
Marine Order 55 (New Marine Order – Industrial personnel) AMSA to create a new Marine Order to capture the new SOLAS Chapter XV and the new mandatory International Code of Safety for Ships Carrying Industrial Personnel (IP) Code, which enters into force on 1 July 2024.
Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 AMSA is undertaking a full review. Amendments will clarify the transition arrangements for certificates. The Order will also be reissued under the Navigation Act 2012.
Marine Orders – made under the Protection of the Sea (POTS) Act
Marine Orders – made under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 
Marine Order 501 (Administration – National Law) 2013 Sunsetting  review to update and remake the order under the National Law Act.
Marine Order 504 (Certificates of operation and operation requirements – National Law) 2023 Amendments to improve and streamline safety management system requirements to ensure that safety management systems operate as intended.
National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV)
Part C1 - Design and construction - Arrangement, accommodation and personal safety AMSA is undertaking a full review to address technical issues and Coronial recommendations on escape lighting and signage.
Part C7A - Design and construction - safety equipment AMSA is conducting a full review of NSCV Part C7A to address operational issues identified by industry, including with the carriage of safety equipment for vessels less than 12m in length operating close to land.
Part G - Non-survey vessels AMSA is conducting a review to address issues with the carriage of certain items of safety equipment on small vessels and vessels operating close to shore.
Omnibus amendments instrument #2 AMSA is undertaking a review to address various identified critical issues across multiple NSCVs, including compatibility with the implementation of emerging technologies.  

Last updated: 

Friday 16 February 2024