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Transition to a national system for domestic commercial vessel safety

From 1 July 2018, most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew will be delivered directly by us instead of your local marine safety agency.

Government funding

Australian Transport Ministers have agreed to provide more than $100 million to support industry's transition to the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety.

Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) latest communique

Changes to services from 1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018, most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew will be delivered directly by us instead of your local marine safety agency. This is the final step of putting in place a consistent approach to maritime safety across Australia.

For owners, operators, and crew of domestic commercial vessels this means one set of rules, one national levy, and one set of fees for national services across Australia.*

This levy will be used to provide:

  • customer support services
  • high quality guidance material and self-help tools
  • safety education programs
  • support for operators who do the right thing and take appropriate action against operators who continue to ignore the rules.

Our focus will be to actively improve safety by making it easier for operators, surveyors, marine safety officers and inspectors to establish and maintain safe vessels and safe operating practices.

* Some local waterway fees may still apply.

Services from now until 30 June 2018

It’s business as usual—keep accessing services from your local marine safety agency.

We will let you know when things change or if you need to take any specific actions.

Until 30 June 2018, obtain these services from your state or territory marine safety agency

Until 30 June 2018, apply directly to us for

Vessel survey

Some marine safety agencies no longer offer services for vessel survey. Check the list of accredited marine surveyors available in your state or territory.

Next steps

We will work with industry representatives to finalise the fee structure, levy model, and services required to support a safer industry. We aim to publish the final service delivery arrangements and levy model in early 2018.

We will continue to work with state and territory marine safety agencies to ensure a smooth transfer of services so you can continue to access the services you need, when you need them. We will update you as information becomes available.

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Last updated: 11 January 2018
Last reviewed: 11 January 2018