Australian Maritime Safety Authority


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is charged with the responsibility for ensuring the safety of Australian flagged vessels and foreign flagged vessels in Australian ports, and the seafarers on board. International and national conventions and regulatory frameworks provide the standards enforced by AMSA. 

AMSA’s International activities include:

  • issuing maritime certifications for all crew members on Australian ships operating under the Navigation Act 2012 which are specified in the International Conventions on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (commonly referred to as ‘STCW’);
  • providing flag state control, ensuring compliance with International Conventions for ships flying the Australian flag, including vessel certification requirements;
  • providing port state control undertaken in compliance with International Conventions and obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);
  • ensuring the safety of seafarers in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), an international convention developed under the International Labour Organization (ILO).  This provides the framework for AMSA to monitor and regulate the working and living conditions of seafarers at sea;
  • implementing the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations for all safety related aspects for marine carriage of all types including bulk liquid and solid cargoes, dangerous goods, general cargoes, containers, as well as standards and operations concerning cargo lifting gear; and
  • administering the registration of ships under the Shipping Registration Act 1981 for Australian owned and/or operated ships.

Quick Links

The links below provide detailed information about AMSA requirements to ensure compliance with its regulatory and international responsibilities:



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