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Services are changing for owners, operators, and crew of domestic commercial vessels

Thursday 10 May 2018

From 1 July 2018, you will have one system to navigate.

National Martime System. One system to navigate. One set of rules. One point of contact. One set of fees.

You’ll get your certificates of survey and operation and crew qualification from us instead of your local marine safety agency.

You will also access a range of other maritime services including permits, exemptions, and equivalent means of compliance.

As well as new services, you may experience other changes depending on your type of operation or the work you do.

What's different for me?

Owners of commercial vessels operating in Australian waters

  • A new simplified vessel survey regime with greater flexibility and alignment to other vessel maintenance.
  • All vessel surveys must be carried out by an AMSA-accredited surveyor.
  • One national schedule of fees for services.
  • A new national levy with no payment required during the first year.
  • Incidents must be reported directly to AMSA.
  • You will be responsible for holding and maintaining your own records.

Commercial fishing, aquaculture or boat hire businesses, tour, ferry or barge operators

  • You can operate across borders under one certificate of operation.
  • One national schedule of fees for services, including certificates of operation and exemptions.
  • Incidents must be reported directly to AMSA.
  • Guidance and assistance available online, over the phone, or from one of our regional officers.
  • You will be responsible for holding and maintaining your own records.

Seafarers or crew members of a commercial vessel

  • We will issue you a reminder notice when your certificate is due for renewal.
  • One national fee for your certificate of competency.
  • You will need to submit your certificate in person at a participating Australia Post outlet.
  • Practical assessments will be undertaken by an AMSA-approved RTO for coxswain 1 and 2, Master < 24, Master inland waters, marine engine driver 2 and 3 and general purpose hand certificates.

As these services transition, anyone operating within the national system will need to continue to meet their safety requirements under the law.

Read about the national system transition and find out more about how these upcoming changes may affect you.