2.1 Government policy approval to cost recover regulatory activities
The Explanatory Memorandum of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 states the Government’s intent that AMSA ‘will run on a self-funded basis, with services which cannot be provided on a self-funded basis (search and rescue coordination services) to be paid by the Commonwealth’.
AMSA recovers costs from participants in the commercial shipping industry in adherence with Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Charging for Regulatory Activities) Order 2017, which refers to the Australian Government Charging Framework and CRGs.
2.2 Statutory authority to charge
AMSA’s regulatory charging activities are authorised by the application of Australian Commonwealth legislative instruments, in particular Part 5, Division 2 of the Australian Maritime Safety Act 1990, which provides for the charging of levies and fees with references to the following Acts:
- Navigation Act 2012
- Marine Navigation Levy Act 1989
- Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy) Act 1981
- Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Act 1991
- Shipping Registration Act 1981
With statutory authority to charge National System fees arising from Section 150, Schedule 1 of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012.
A summary by AMSA’s activity outputs of government policy approval to cost recover, including date of approval, and statutory authority to charge with legislative references is included in Appendix 1.