Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Fee for service

Fee for service

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is implementing a fee for service arrangement to recover the costs associated with delivery of the following services:

  • Accreditation of marine surveyors
  • Consideration of applications for exemptions and equivalent means of compliance.

The fees apply to applications received from 1 September 2016.

The fees have been developed in accordance with the Australian Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRGs) and the Australian Government Charging Framework (AGCF). AMSA has been providing these services without charge but is now required to recover the costs of delivering these functions.

Administration of the Surveyor Accreditation Scheme

Vessel surveys (detailed inspections) are a key safety and compliance tool for AMSA.

The Surveyor Accreditation Scheme ensures that accredited surveyors have the competence to confirm whether vessels are constructed and maintained in accordance with the National Law.

New application fee

To become accredited in a category of surveying, there is a fixed fee payable upfront on lodgement of an application. The fee payable is a combination of the application fee plus a set assessment fee, determined by the number of categories applied for.

Tier Service Application
Fee (one-off fixed fee)
Assessment fee (@ $185 per hour) Total $


1 to 5 categories





6  to 10 categories





11 to 16 categories




Renewal fee

Surveyor accreditation renewal fee: $254 (due every five years)

Fees to apply for a Specific Exemption or Equivalent Means of Compliance

When you make an application for this service, you will receive an estimate of costs based on the hourly rate to provide that service. An estimate is provided as the service can vary significantly, depending on the complexity of the regulatory, technical, operational and other matters that have to be considered in each case. The estimate will be based on the hourly rate and will include an amount to process and issue any permission or authority associated with the service.

At the time of providing the estimate you will also be advised of any documents required to support your application.

Should you wish to proceed with the service you will be required to:

  • Pay the amount identified in the estimate and
  • Submit the list of supporting documents (if requested).

Please note that assessment of your application will only commence when AMSA has received your payment and supporting documents.

It is important that you properly document and explain the detail of the exemption you are seeking. This should include any necessary drawings or references to codes or standards which support your application. It is not appropriate for AMSA to develop your proposal for you. Should additional information be required this may result in a change to the estimate.


An estimate is calculated in good faith, on the basis that the applicant has reasonable knowledge of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012, Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013, associated Marine Orders and Exemptions, and the Standards applicable to the nature of the operation that is requested, and that the applicant will provide a reasonable standard of documentation necessary to support the application.

An estimate is valid for 30 days from the date the estimate is sent. If we have not received your payment and any supporting documents required within 30 days, your application may be closed and your application returned to you.

If payment of the estimate is made outside the 30 day limit, AMSA will review the estimate to ensure its continued validity.

Finalising the amount payable

The amount AMSA is obliged to charge and you are obliged to pay for a service will always depend on the actual amount of time taken to do the necessary work.  


  • If the amount initially paid by an applicant turns out to be insufficient to cover the actual time to complete the consideration of and make a decision on the application, AMSA may request a further payment based on its estimate of the amount of time it will take to complete the work. 

If the amount initially paid by an applicant (plus any subsequent payments) turns out to be higher than the amount payable for the time actually taken by AMSA to consider and make a decision on the application, AMSA will refund the difference.


Frequently asked questions

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I am currently an accredited marine surveyor. What does this mean for me?

I am currently an accredited marine surveyor and I want to apply for additional categories. How much do I pay?

When are these changes effective from?

How will AMSA ensure the process of assessing the total fee payable for specific exemptions and equivalent means of compliance is fair and consistent?

What if AMSA denies my request for an specific exemption or equivalent means of compliance? Do I still have to pay?

Do I have a right of review?

How did AMSA determine these fees?

Can I pay the fee in installments?

I currently have an exemption from AMSA. What happens when it expires?

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