What are my reporting obligations

Reporting marine incidents is an important part of ensuring the safety of people and vessels. 

Reporting obligations are imposed by Australian laws. Other mandatory reporting requirements include requirements to report dangers to navigation and certain incidents involving people on board.

By reporting marine incidents to AMSA you are meeting your reporting obligations under the following laws.

What’s required

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Which law applies

The owner or master of an applicable vessel must report certain marine incidents to AMSA.

Owner, master

Sections 185 and 186 of the Navigation Act 2012 (Navigation Act)

The owner or master of a domestic commercial vessel must report certain marine incidents to AMSA.

Note that if you comply with reporting obligations arising under the Navigation Act it will also in most cases—if not all—comply with similar obligations under the national law.

Owner, master

Sections 88 and 89 of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012, Schedule 1 (National Law)

Vessel operators of prescribed ships or units—for example Australian ships, offshore industry units—on international or interstate voyages must report incidents and dangerous occurrences to AMSA. 

Vessel operator

Section 107 of the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 (OHS(MI) Act)

A responsible person must report marine incidents to a nominated official (AMSA or ATSB) as soon as possible.

Note: Completing and submitting the incident alert form 18 and incident report form 19 to AMSA is sufficient to fulfill the reporting obligation imposed under the TSI Act.

Responsible person

(This includes master, owner, operator, agent or pilot)

Section 18 and 19 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act)

Penalties can apply for not complying with these requirements.

Last updated: 

Thursday 11 June 2020