International safety management code

The International safety management code (ISM code) governs the safe operation of ships and pollution prevention. We are responsible for issuing ISM code certification for Australian registered vessels.

The ISM code is the international standard for the safe management and operation of ships, and for managing pollution prevention. The ISM code sets safety management objectives and requirements for safety management systems. We have established standards, legislation and guidelines to support the practical implementation of these objectives and requirements.

Marine Order 58 (Safe management of vessels) 2015

Marine Order 58 (Safe management of vessels) 2015 gives effect to Chapter IX of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) , as amended, for the purposes of the Navigation Act, and to the ISM code.

ISM code certification guidelines for regulated Australian vessels

The ISM code guidelines describe how the ISM code is applied, the certification process and the responsibilities of our personnel. 


The ISM audit process flowchart provides further guidance on our ISM audit and certification process.

IMO Guidelines 

  • MSC-MEPC.7/Circ.8—revised guidelines for the operational implementation of the ISM code 
  • MSC-MEPC.7/Circ.6—guidance on the qualifications, training and experience necessary for undertaking the role of the designated person under the provisions of the ISM code.

Last updated: 

Tuesday 30 October 2018