The National Law, marine orders and exemptions
How the National Law and the National System affects you
The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (National Law) is a key part of the National System.
The National Law
The National Law replaces eight federal, state and territory laws with a single law for the safety of all commercial vessels and their crew in Australian waters. It sets the National Standard for Commercial Vessels for construction, operation and seafarer qualifications. It also establishes AMSA as the single national regulator for commercial vessel safety.
Regulations under the national law provide more details about key definitions and transitional arrangements. Key definitions explain what vessels and structures are covered or excluded under the national law. Transitional arrangements help local industry to move to the new national system and ensure that people and vessels operating under current state or territory legislation can continue business as per usual.
Marine orders under the National Law set out the processes and requirements for national certificates, vessel identification, approved training organisations and administrative requirements. Marine Orders are a type of regulation that allows our laws to keep pace with rapid technical and technological change in marine safety, and implement Australia’s international maritime obligations.
Exemptions from certain elements of the National Law are provided where it is unreasonable to require full compliance with the National Law or where transitional arrangements are required. General exemptions are provided to specific people or vessels, such as heritage vessels or traditional operators. Other exemptions are provided for specific cases, such as special events and temporary arrangements for crewing or vessel operations.