Advisory note—The scope of the National System: Regulated Australian vessels and domestic commercial vessels

Clarifies which law vessels operate under.
DCV A 030
28 October 2015

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.


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

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11 June 2020