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Service categories

Your compliance requirements will be affected by which service category your vessel is in.

Use the following table to work out your vessel service category. For example, a passenger vessel carrying 30 people and operating out to 15 nautical miles has a service category of 1C.

Vessel use

Indicated by

Passenger vessel (13 or more passengers)

1

Non-passenger vessel (up to 12 passengers)

2

Fishing vessel

3

Hire and drive vessel used by the hirer only for recreational purposes

4

 

Operational area

Indicated by

Unlimited domestic operations (no longer available to domestic commercial vessels). Vessels operating in A waters must be Australian regulated vessels under the Navigation Act 2012.

A

Extended offshore operations (beyond 200 nautical miles from the baseline of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, a recognised island but within the exclusive economic zone)

B Extended

Offshore operations (within 200 nautical miles from the baseline of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, a recognised island but within the exclusive economic zone)

B

Restricted offshore operations (within 30 nautical miles from the baseline of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, a recognised island; within 50 nautical miles of the baseline of Qld, within the Great Barrier Reef Region or the Torres Strait Zone; whilst remaining within the exclusive economic zone)

C

Restricted offshore operations—specified areas

C Restricted

Partially smooth water operations

D

Smooth water operations

E

Sheltered waters boundaries

For information on sheltered waters boundaries (D or E operational areas) in any state or territory, contact your local marine safety agency.

Last updated: 15 November 2017
Last reviewed: 15 November 2017