Australian Maritime Safety Authority

National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety

Making safety simple – working under the National System

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the safety of vessels and the seafarers who are operating in the domestic commercial industry.

The National System

The National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (the National System) provides a consistent approach to the regulation and delivery of services for commercial vessels operating only in Australian waters.

It will improve marine safety and make it easier for seafarers and their vessels to work around Australia.

The National System is taking shape in stages. The first stage, AMSA becoming the single National Regulator for commercial vessel safety, was implemented in 2013.

Currently, state and territory marine safety agencies act as AMSA’s delegates and are responsible for the face-to-face operations of the National System. Commencing on 1 July 2018, stage two will see AMSA assume the delivery of National System services.

AMSA’s Statement of Regulatory Approach outlines its approach to marine safety regulation, one in which the amount of regulatory oversight reflects the level of risk posed by a particular operation.

Cost recovery under the National System

From August to October 2016 AMSA consulted with industry on proposed methods of cost recovery under the National System (to take effect once AMSA assumes service delivery).

The consultation report on the proposed methods of cost recovery under the National System outlines the response of industry members towards the proposed levy models and the fees for services.

Feedback from industry clearly indicated that it is supportive of a National System but is not receptive to the levy proposals put forward. As a result of this feedback, the Transport and Infrastructure Council extended the timeline for AMSA assuming service delivery of the National System until 1 July 2018.

AMSA is committed to working with industry partners on a way forward, and will provide regular updates as information becomes available.

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