Surveyor of domestic commercial vessels
If you're a surveyor of domestic commercial vessels, you can access forms and guidance materials, find out about the marine surveyor accreditation scheme, and access the laws and standards relevant to you.
Since 1 July 2018 we became the one point of contact for most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew.
Surveyor accreditation guidance manual
From 1 July 2018, surveys of domestic commercial vessels need to be conducted as set out in the Marine Surveyors Manual.
Find out what you need to do to become an accredited marine surveyor and the guidance you need to carry out your duties as a surveyor under the Marine Surveyors Manual.
National Standard for Commercial Vessels
Novel Vessels Policy Statement
This policy statement :
- Identifies the types of vessels that AMSA considers to be ‘novel’
- clarifies standards and other requirements for novel vessels l, and
- provides additional information for novel vessels to gain vessel certification.
MARS guidance and procedures
Instructions to surveyors
Survey Matters newsletter
The National Law Act and regulations
National Law marine orders
National Law Act exemptions
Exemptions from parts of the national law are available where it may be unreasonable or impracticable to require full compliance, or where transitional arrangements are required.
General exemptions are those that have already been approved by AMSA and can be accessed by anyone so long as the conditions and criterion are met. Alternatively, you can make an application to AMSA for a specific exemption.
See our National Law Act exemptions for marine orders webpage for further information.
Generic equivalent solutions
My Boat is a online system to help people in the domestic commercial vessel industry—including designers, builders, surveyors, owners, and operators—comply with vessel survey requirements. Create a user login to access extra features such as saving and sharing your projects.
See the My Boat online system for information and assistance.
Equivalent means of compliance
The domestic commercial vessel industry is able to propose and implement innovative solutions to achieve the required safety outcomes identified in the standards and make applications to do this.
Read more about the Equivalent means of compliance.
Report an unsafe vessel to us
Guidance for equivalent means of compliance applications
The domestic commercial vessel industry is able to propose and implement innovative solutions to achieve the required safety outcomes identiﬁed in the standards and make applications to do this.
Read more about the equivalent means of compliance.