Advisory note—The scope of the National System: Regulated Australian vessels and domestic commercial vessels
As a general statement of the law:
- an Australian commercial vessel which operates outside Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), or intends operating outside the EEZ, is a regulated Australian vessel (RAV) and is subject to the Navigation Act. RAVs are not subject to the National Law.
- an Australian commercial vessel which operates only within Australia’s EEZ will generally be a domestic commercial vessel (DCV) and will be subject to the National Law.