Non-survey vessel approval or exemption

Some vessels do not have to be surveyed. Depending on the type of vessel, you may need to apply for approval to operate.

Marine Safety (Certificate of survey) Exemption (Exemption 2) exempts certain vessels from the requirement to obtain a certificate of survey, including non-survey vessels.

From 1 July 2018, more kinds of vessels are exempt from the requirement to have a certificate of survey.

Select your vessel type to see more information. If your vessel is eligible under multiple categories, you can choose which one you want to use. Note that while a certificate of survey is not required for vessels to which this exemption applies (except heritage vessels), you may still need to engage a competent person such as a surveyor to assist you in determining whether your vessel complies with the requirements that apply to it.

Access the My Boat system for guidance on how to keep your vessel compliant.

Can I request a replacement certificate?

You can request a replacement copy online.

Last updated: 

Friday 15 October 2021