Surveyor of domestic vessels

Find everything you need to know as a surveyor in the Australian maritime industry.

If you're a surveyor of domestic vessels, you can access forms and guidance materials, find out about the marine surveyors accreditation scheme, and access the laws and standards relevant to you.

My Boat

My Boat is a online system to help people in the domestic commercial vessel (DCV) 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.

Access the My Boat system.

Survey forms

These forms are for surveyors to use while conducting and reporting on a survey or inspection.

View the list of survey forms.

Instructions to surveyors

Instructions for surveyors for conducting the survey and inspection process.

Read the surveyor instructions.

Surveyor accreditation guidance manual

Find the guidance you need to carry out your duties as a surveyor in the Marine surveyors accreditation guidance manual.

National Standard for the Administration of Marine Safety

Find out how the National Law Act marine orders apply the National Standard for the Administration of Marine Safety (NSAMS) for new vessels

You can also download the document to read the National Standard for the Administration of Marine Safety (PDF 485 KB).

National Standard for Commercial Vessels

Standards for vessel design, construction, equipment, operation, and crew competencies for domestic commercial vessels are set by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.

Uniform Shipping Laws Code

The Uniform Shipping Laws (USL) Code provides standards for the design, construction, and operations of domestic commercial vessels in Australia.

For all new domestic commercial vessels—the National Standard for Commercial Vessels has largely replaced the USL code.

Generic Equivalent Solutions

As the national standard for commercial vessels is progressively introduced to replace the Uniform Shipping Laws Code, other solutions are available for meeting the standard. These are known as Generic Equivalent Solutions (GES) for the national standard.

National Law Act marine orders

Marine orders made under the national law set out requirements for certification, vessel identification, and administration. 

Read the National Law Act Marine Orders.

National Law Act exemptions

Exemptions from parts of the national law are provided where it is unreasonable to require full compliance, or where transitional arrangements are required.

National Law Act exemptions

The National Law Act

The National Law Act is also referred to as the 'national law'. We administer the national law, regulations, and marine orders to deliver the national system.

Find out more about the National Law Act.

Guidance notices and fact sheets

Read our guidance notices and fact sheets for domestic vessel owners and operators to find out more about complying with the national system.

Superseded standards and generic equivalent solutions

Generic equivalent standards (GES) are being superseded as the national standard is updated. View the list of superseded generic equivalent solutions, and superseded standards for commercial vessels.

Find an accredited marine surveyor

View our list of accredited marine surveyors.

Fee for service

Find out about fees associated with the delivery of the accredited marine surveyor scheme and applications for an equivalent means of compliance.

Last updated: 12 March 2018
Last reviewed: 12 March 2018