One of AMSA 's key responsibilities is the management of the Commonwealth marine aids to navigation network.
AMSA manages a network of 470 aids to navigation at 360 sites [ PDF: 413Kb] around Australia's coastline assisting mariners to make safe and efficient passages. The network includes traditional lighthouses, beacons, buoys, racons, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) stations, broadcasting tide gauges and a current meter.
Technological developments in the area of vessel traffic management have also contributed to increase the safety of navigation and helped promote marine environment protection. AMSA, in partnership with Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) has implemented a number of these initiatives covering the Torres Strait and the inner shipping route of the Great Barrier Reef as part of the REEFVTS Coastal Vessel Traffic Service.
AMSA is continually seeking to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the network. Technologies such as radar altimetry tide gauges and AIS aids to navigation are currently being examined for possible inclusion in the network.
Navigational Services in Australian Waters 2010-2025 [ PDF:2.11Mb]
This planning document is a collection of principles and strategies for the provision of navigational services by AMSA. It articulates the authority's aspirations and provides a basis for prioritising activities.
Review of maritime safety and environment protection measures
A review of maritime safety and environment protection measures for the waters of north-west Australia has recently been completed.
An executive summary of the review report and the associated recommendations can be found here.