Compliance approach for domestic commercial vessels
From 1 July 2018 we take on full regulatory responsibility for compliance of domestic commercial vessels with the national law.
Our compliance approach balances the need for deterring unlawful behaviour with developing a safety culture. Our focus for 2018–19 is encouraging voluntary compliance and providing support through:
- education and communication activities
- timely information and advice
- collaboration and cooperative assistance.
Over time, our compliance approach and strategy will develop further and respond to changes in the marine industry.
Read the compliance approach 2018–19 policy.
Priorities for 2018–19
Our highest priorities and focus for domestic commercial vessel safety compliance for 2018–19 are:
- Passenger vessels (class 1) carrying more than 36 passengers
- Fishing vessels (class 3A, 3B, and 3C)
- Class 2 vessels engaged in high risk operations.
Passenger vessels (class 1) carrying more than 36 passengers
Fishing vessels (class 3A, 3B and 3C)
Class 2 vessels engaged in high risk operations
Any vessel subject to an alert requiring inspection
Class 2 vessels engaged in medium risk operations
Class 2B and 2C vessels more than 7.5 metres in length
Fishing vessels Class 3D and 3E more than 7.5 metres in length
Class 4C hire and drive vessels
All other vessels not covered by priorities 1 to 3
How we handle non-compliance
Where non‑compliance is detected, we use a range of enforcement tools. These increase in severity depending on the circumstances, and are proportionate with the risk identified or the harm caused. Our enforcement tools include:
- issuing directions, notices, or fines
- imposing court-issued civil penalties
- suspension or cancellation of certificates
- criminal prosecutions.
- Education and monitoring
- Infringement notices
- Paying an infringement penalty
- Investigation of domestic commercial vessel marine incidents