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Domestic commercial vessel requirements

There are a number of certificates and permits you need if you are operating a domestic commercial vessel.

If you own a vessel in Australia and use it for any commercial, government or research activity, you need to apply for (or already be issued with) either a:

  • certificate of survey
  • non-survey vessel permit (or be eligible to operate as a non-survey vessel without a permit)
  • class C restricted operations permit
  • another vessel permit or exemption.

You will also need either a:

  • certificate of operation
  • certificate of operation exemption and a safety management system.

You must also get and display a unique identifier on your vessel, and comply with the general safety duties relating to domestic commercial vessels, in accordance with the Marine Safety (Domestic commercial vessel) National Law Act 2012.

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Last updated: 2 March 2018
Last reviewed: 2 March 2018