Guide to registration of a ship on the Australian international shipping register

This guide provides an outline of the process of registration on the Australian international shipping register.
AMSA 339
1 October 2016

This guide includes:

  • A synopsis of the requirements and conditions for the registration of a ship on the AISR.
  • How a ship will be assessed for acceptance on the AISR.
  • What is required to maintain registration of the AISR.

Note: This guide is advisory and is designed to provide a link between the different elements of the relevant legislation. You will need to consult the legislation when considering registration. Generally, only Australian owned or operated ships are permitted to register under the AISR, and to do so shipowners must comply with the requirements to be met when applying for registration and conditions of the registration once granted.

Ships that are unable to comply with these conditions must register on the Australian General Shipping Register.

Reference should be made to the Shipping Registration Act 1981, and the Shipping Registration Regulations 19811 which can be found on the Comlaw web site at:


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

2 December 2019