Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Consultation

At the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), we regard consultation with our stakeholders as a way to better inform the decisions we make and to improve the quality of our policies. Our organisation’s activities and stakeholder groups are diverse, and our consultation methods are tailored accordingly. Each project aims to consult with our community effectively, thoroughly and in a way that is appropriate to the community’s needs.

Consultations at AMSA

Our consultations are guided by principles set by the Australian Government’s Office of Best Practice Regulation.
These principles recommend that a consultation project:

  • be ongoing and begin early in the policy development process;
  • aim to capture a diversity of stakeholders;
  • allow stakeholders sufficient time to provide considered responses;
  • provide stakeholders with sufficient information; and
  • have its objectives clearly explained and provide feedback on how responses have been taken into consideration

Submissions can be made by any organisation or individual to the project contacts listed on this page.
Please be aware that submissions and comments provided to us may be published or made available to the public in another manner.

Open consultations

Regulation - National Law

The purpose of this proposed regulatory change is to make it clear that any vessels owned by a State or Territory Government that are used for providing curricular or extracurricular school activities for students at primary and secondary schools are not treated as Domestic Commercial Vessels.

In designing the National System, Transport Ministers decided that school vessels used by primary and secondary schools for school based activities should not be treated as Domestic Commercial Vessels.  These vessels would remain under the regulatory control of State and Territory Governments.  This decision is implemented through provisions in Section 7(3) of Schedule 1 of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (the National Law).  However, any such vessel used for a commercial purpose (for example to hire to a member of the public) would make that vessel a Domestic Commercial Vessel.

Around the time of implementing the National Law on 1 July 2013, AMSA became aware of a small number of vessels that were used exclusively for curricular and extracurricular activities by primary and secondary school students that were not owned or operated by individual schools.  These vessels were generally owned and operated either by State or Territory Education Departments or Departments of Sport and Recreation (or similar bodies) and were used to provide programmes to schools.  In order to meet the publicly expressed intention that vessels solely providing primary and secondary school curricular or extracurricular programmes were outside of the National System, AMSA issued Exemption 19 in June 2013.

The purpose of the proposed Regulation is to move Exemption 19 into the regulations.  Once this has been done it would be AMSA’s intention to repeal Exemption 19.

Title Documents/Links Closing date Consultation contact

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment (School Vessels) Regulation 2014

Exposure Draft
Public Comment Form

9 November 2014

Manager, Regulatory and Policy

General

Title Documents/Links Closing date Consultation contact

None at this time

 

 

 

Marine Orders - Navigation Act/Prevention of Pollution Act

Title Documents/Links Closing date Consultation contact
Draft Marine Order 11 (Living and working conditions on vessels) 2014 Draft MO11/2014 14/11/2014 Marine Order Draft

Marine Orders - National Law

Title Documents/Links Closing date Consultation contact
None at this time    

National System - Standards

Title Documents/Links Closing date Consultation contact
None at this time      

Navigation Act/Prevention of Pollution Act  - Marine Order consultation process

Information on the program is made available to you

  1. Make a submission during the consultation period using the attached form:
    AMSA246 (word) [Microsoft Word IconDOC: 128Kb] AMSA 246 (pdf) [PDF IconPDF: 92Kb]
  2. When the consultation period ends, all responses are analysed and considered along with other available information to help us make decisions, develop policy or finalise regulatory changes.
  3. We provide feedback, either to you directly or in the form of a consultation report.
  4. If you have any queries about the consultation process, please direct them to the contact officer for the relevant consultation project.

National System - consultation process

You have your say during the consultation period by making a submission:

  • by email; or
  • by mail; or
  • by fax.

When consultation periods end, all responses will be analysed and considered along with other available information to help us make decisions, develop policy or finalise regulatory changes.

Please use the relevant public comment form to submit your feedback

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