AMSA is the national agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime and aviation search and rescue.
We are a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (AMSA Act) and as a Corporate Commonwealth Entity we are also subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).
A list of our enabling legislation in the areas of vessel operations, registration, marine pollution and levies collection is available on our website.
AMSA’s Board, as the Accountable Authority, discharges its duties under the AMSA and PGPA Acts.
As the accountable authority the Board’s duties are to:
The Board continues to:
The Board is appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Current Board members have experience in industry, financial and government institutions. All members work on a part-time basis, with the exception of the Chief Executive Officer.
Board members participate in presentations, workshops and discussions to deepen their knowledge in directors’ roles and Board practices. In 2015-16 the Board members:
Appendix 3 lists Board members, their qualifications and experience, and attendance at Board meetings.
The Board Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its financial and performance reporting, risk and internal controls oversight in accordance with the requirements of enabling legislation. The committee provides independent advice and assurance to the AMSA Board and is independent from management.
The present committee comprises of three people: two Board members and one external member. All members have the appropriate qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience to assist the committee to perform its functions as listed in Division 3, PGPA Rule 2014. The Chair of the committee and members are appointed by the Board. Other Board members may attend committee meetings as observers.
The Board Audit Committee conducted five meetings in 2015-16 and reported directly to the Board after each meeting. During the year, the committee continued to focus on maintaining a sound financial system, performance reporting, systems of risk oversight and management and systems of internal control for the entity.
The Remuneration Committee assists the Board in considering senior executive remuneration matters and issues arising from the Remuneration Tribunal. The committee reports its findings, decisions and recommendations to the Board. The Remuneration Committee conducted two meetings and one discussion in 2015-16.
Our organisational structure (as at 30 June 2016) is shown below.
A map showing AMSA’s national presence is shown below: