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Exemption 1—Marine Safety (Vessel identifiers)

From 1 September 2018, human-powered vessels and sail vessels less than 7.5 metres in length do not need to have or display a unique identifier if the vessel is covered by a certificate of operation.

The following vessels are exempt from the requirements to have and display a unique vessel identifier:

  1. a domestic commercial vessel that is registered under the Shipping Registration Act 1981 and marked in accordance with that Act.
  2. a domestic commercial vessel that is a tender, if it displays, prominently and clearly either:
    • the words ‘Tender to’ followed by the name or unique vessel identifier of its parent vessel
    • the name of the owner of the vessel followed by the word ‘tender’, or
    • the unique vessel identifier of its parent vessel followed by ‘– T’
  3. a domestic commercial vessel that is covered by a certificate of operation, if it is:
    • a human powered vessel, or
    •  a sailing vessel that is less than 7.5 metres long

The following domestic commercial vessels are exempt from the requirement to display a unique vessel identifier:

  1. A human-powered vessel
  2. A sailing vessel that is less than 7.5 metres long
  3. A personal watercraft used in an aerial freestyle device operation

Last Updated: 

30 October 2018