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Vessel Traffic Services Advisory Group

The Vessel Traffic Services Advisory Group (VTSAG) discusses matters relating to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in Australia.


The VTS Advisory Group (VTSAG) is the peak consultative body to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for matters relating to AMSA's responsibilities for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in Australia, which are in accordance with Regulation 12 of Chapter V of the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea 74/78 (SOLAS) and the Navigation Act 2012.

The group provides a forum for members:


The VTSAG membership includes representatives from:

Subject matter experts may be invited to attend, to address particular agenda items or where the wider group will benefit from their attendance.

Other agencies, operators and organisations may be invited to attend meetings when matters relevant to their interests or operations are to be discussed.  The membership and terms of reference will be reviewed annually.

Focus areas

The VTSAG will focus on topics including, but not limited to:

This may include policy, operational, technology and regulatory issues associated with the delivery of VTS.

AMSA will appraise the group on current developments with IMO conventions, codes, resolutions and other instruments, IALA guidance, and outcomes from international committees and conferences related to VTS.

AMSA will highlight significant issues and their relevance for Australia and seek the group’s view on proposed courses of action.


The group will:

AMSA will Chair the group and provide Secretariat support including developing papers and reports for consideration by the group. Members are encouraged to contribute to meeting agendas.

Video and teleconferencing facilities will be made available, where possible.

Members will pay their own travel expenses to attend group meetings.


The process for communicating and endorsing reports from the group meetings is as follows:


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Last updated: 21 March 2023