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  1. About the report
  2. About AMSA
  3. Plan on a Page
  4. Transmittal letter
  5. Reporting requirements and responsible minister
  6. Annual performance statements
  7. Chairman's review
  8. Organisational profile
  9. Financial summary
  10. Our governance
    1. Planning
    2. Risk management
    3. Performance reporting
    4. Related entity transactions
    5. Public interest disclosure
    6. Disability report
    7. Statement of significant non-compliance issues
    8. Advertising and market research
    9. Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
    10. Workers' compensation premium
  11. Vessel and seafarer safety
    1. Seafarer certification
    2. Compliance and enforcement
    3. International shipping
    4. Domestic commercial vessels
  12. Search and rescue
    1. Search and rescue aircraft replacement
    2. National Search and Rescue Council
    3. Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system
    4. Beacon registration system upgrade
    5. Torres Strait Marine Safety Program
  13. Marine environment
    1. The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
    2. Cape Upstart marine pollution incident
    3. Working with other regulators
  14. Navigation safety
    1. Shipping management
    2. Aids to navigation management
  15. Working with our community
    1. Domestic engagement
    2. International engagement
    3. Regional engagement
  16. Appendix 1: Financial statements
    1. Statement of comprehensive income
    2. Statement of financial position
    3. Statement of changes in equity
    4. Cash flow statement
    5. Overview
    6. Note 1: Expenses
    7. Note 2: Own-source income
    8. Note 3: Fair value measurement
    9. Note 4: Financial assets
    10. Note 5: Non-financial assets
    11. Note 6: Payables
    12. Note 7: Interest bearing liabilities
    13. Note 8: Provisions
    14. Note 9: Cash flow reconciliation
    15. Note 10: Contingent liabilities and assets
    16. Note 11: Senior management personnel remuneration
    17. Note 12: Related party disclosures
    18. Note 13: Remuneration of auditors
    19. Note 14: Financial instruments
    20. Note 15: Financial assets reconciliation
    21. Note 16: Reporting of outcomes
    22. Note 17: Regulatory charging summary
    23. Note 18: Budgetary reports and explanations of major variances
  17. Appendix 2: Non-financial performance
    1. SC1: Ship and vessel safety
    2. SC1: Environment protection
    3. SC1: Regulatory
    4. SC1: Search and rescue
    5. SC1: Projects
    6. SC2: Preparing for the future
    7. SC3: Ensuring a competent and fairly treated maritime workforce
    8. SC4: Influencing international arrangements
    9. SC5: Engaging with the community
    10. SC6: Ensuring a progressive and vibrant organisation
  18. Appendix 3: AMSA Board members
  19. References
  20. Compliance Index
  1. About the report
  2. About AMSA
  3. Plan on a Page
  4. Transmittal letter
  5. Reporting requirements and responsible minister
  6. Annual performance statements
  7. Chairman's review
  8. Organisational profile
  9. Financial summary
  10. Our governance
    1. Planning
    2. Risk management
    3. Performance reporting
    4. Related entity transactions
    5. Public interest disclosure
    6. Disability report
    7. Statement of significant non-compliance issues
    8. Advertising and market research
    9. Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
    10. Workers' compensation premium
  11. Vessel and seafarer safety
    1. Seafarer certification
    2. Compliance and enforcement
    3. International shipping
    4. Domestic commercial vessels
  12. Search and rescue
    1. Search and rescue aircraft replacement
    2. National Search and Rescue Council
    3. Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system
    4. Beacon registration system upgrade
    5. Torres Strait Marine Safety Program
  13. Marine environment
    1. The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
    2. Cape Upstart marine pollution incident
    3. Working with other regulators
  14. Navigation safety
    1. Shipping management
    2. Aids to navigation management
  15. Working with our community
    1. Domestic engagement
    2. International engagement
    3. Regional engagement
  16. Appendix 1: Financial statements
    1. Statement of comprehensive income
    2. Statement of financial position
    3. Statement of changes in equity
    4. Cash flow statement
    5. Overview
    6. Note 1: Expenses
    7. Note 2: Own-source income
    8. Note 3: Fair value measurement
    9. Note 4: Financial assets
    10. Note 5: Non-financial assets
    11. Note 6: Payables
    12. Note 7: Interest bearing liabilities
    13. Note 8: Provisions
    14. Note 9: Cash flow reconciliation
    15. Note 10: Contingent liabilities and assets
    16. Note 11: Senior management personnel remuneration
    17. Note 12: Related party disclosures
    18. Note 13: Remuneration of auditors
    19. Note 14: Financial instruments
    20. Note 15: Financial assets reconciliation
    21. Note 16: Reporting of outcomes
    22. Note 17: Regulatory charging summary
    23. Note 18: Budgetary reports and explanations of major variances
  17. Appendix 2: Non-financial performance
    1. SC1: Ship and vessel safety
    2. SC1: Environment protection
    3. SC1: Regulatory
    4. SC1: Search and rescue
    5. SC1: Projects
    6. SC2: Preparing for the future
    7. SC3: Ensuring a competent and fairly treated maritime workforce
    8. SC4: Influencing international arrangements
    9. SC5: Engaging with the community
    10. SC6: Ensuring a progressive and vibrant organisation
  18. Appendix 3: AMSA Board members
  19. References
  20. Compliance Index

Organisational profile

Enabling legislation

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.

Board and Committees

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:

  • govern the Commonwealth entity
  • establish and maintain systems relating to risk and control
  • encourage cooperation with others
  • keep responsible minister and finance minister informed

The Board continues to:

  • provide significant strategic oversight of AMSA’s business, on behalf of the responsible minister, by determining the overall manner in which various functions should be performed. In doing so, the Board expresses its understanding of the expectations of the minister within the context of:
    • strategy setting and approval
    • risk management
    • communication and relationship management across the organisation
    • reviewing and evaluating the performance of the Chief Executive Officer and senior management
  • take responsibility for AMSA’s resources with the financial oversight of AMSA’s budget and financial outlook, financial statements, compliance reports and balance sheets; and approving major expenditure
  • execute good governance by ensuring compliance with the PGPA Act, the AMSA Act, and operational legislation with corporate governance implications, while promoting careful, diligent, transparent and ethical conduct throughout the organisation.

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:

  • received presentations on:
    • Mitigating the Risks – Maritime Environmental Emergencies Prevention, Preparedness and Response
    • AMSA’s Work Health Safety Management System
    • National System Transition Program – Blueprint
    • National System Target Operating Model 2017
  • participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Governance Analysis Tool™ survey ― a review designed to facilitate the improvement of corporate governance and ensure contemporary thinking in sound governance and standards of accepted good practice
  • participated in a Board strategy workshop facilitated by AICD
  • participated in a reception for the AMSA Advisory Committee (our key stakeholder group) in Sydney
  • participated in stakeholder receptions in Hobart, Geelong and Geraldton engaging with representatives from local industries involving shipping, ports, search and rescue, marine environment and maritime education, concentrating on discussions around the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety
  • toured the Marine National Facility and the new state-of-the-art marine research vessel, the RV Investigator; the Port Phillip Sea Pilot organisation at Queenscliff Pilot Station; the Fisheries Management and Science Fisheries Victoria; Geraldton Latitude Gallery for a presentation on the harvest of pearls; Ms Erica Starling’s aquaculture fish farm in the Geraldton Harbour; Geraldton Port Authority, and Geraldton Fishing Co-operative.

Appendix 3 lists Board members, their qualifications and experience, and attendance at Board meetings.

Board Audit Committee

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.

Remuneration Committee

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.

Organisational structure

Our organisational structure (as at 30 June 2016) is shown below.

AMSAs organisational structure

A map showing AMSA’s national presence is shown below:

AMSAs national presence