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Victoria—changes to domestic commercial vessel services

Most services for operators and crew of domestic commercial vessels are now provided by us instead of Transport Safety Victoria.

To help you understand how these changes affect you, we’ve outlined them below. 

Certificates of competency

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) AMSA—from 1 July
  • Applications are submitted by post to TSV.
  • Reminders are sent three months before expiry of the existing certificate.
  • Applications and proof of identity checks will be completed through participating Australia Post outlets.
  • Fees for the high complexity final assessment will be paid directly to us when the booking the final assessment.
  • AMSA will issue reminder notices for certificate renewals.

Certificates of operation

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) AMSA—from 1 July
  • All applications are submitted to TSV for processing.
  • A copy of their safety management system, that is compliant with NSCV Part E is required.
  • TSV does not charge for certificates of operation.
  • All applications will be made through AMSA. Only completed applications will be accepted.
  • When the certificate expires you will be able to apply for a renewal rather than a new certificate.
  • A reminder will be issued 90 days before expiry of the existing certificate.

Certificates of survey

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) AMSA—from 1 July

Initial survey

  • Applicants submit the application to build to the TSV Melbourne office.
  • Copies of accredited surveyor recommendation is required.
  • Fees are paid.
Initial survey
  • Vessel surveys will continue to be provided by private accredited marine surveyors.
  • Owners must supply the application to build to AMSA—this will cover the unique vessel identification.
  • Application fees for the certificate of survey are a separate charge which will be paid directly to us at the time of application.

Periodic survey and renewals

  • TSV sends reminders 60 days before survey is due.
  • Copies of accredited surveyor recommendation is required.
  • Fees are paid.

Periodic survey and renewals

  • Reminder letters for periodic surveys will be sent 90 days before the survey is due.
  • Vessel owners will be responsible for ensuring the private accredited surveyor has all required documents and records for the assessment.
  • Certificates of survey will be valid for five years (unless advised otherwise).

Non-survey vessels

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) AMSA—from 1 July
  • Applicants apply through TSV.
  • The process for a non-survey vessel is the same as for CoO and CoS however the applicant does not receive a certificate.
  • Completed applications will be submitted to AMSA.
  • Payment of fees can be made at the time of application via the online payment portal on AMSA's website, over the phone via AMSA Connect or in person at a participating Australia Post outlet.
  • On approval AMSA will issue the scheme non-survey vessel permit.

Exemptions and equivalent means of compliance

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) AMSA—from 1 July
  • Applications for general exemptions are made through TSV.
  • TSV do not charge for exemptions.
  • If the applicant requires a specific exemption or equivalent means of compliance (EMOC) they must submit their application form directly to AMSA.
  • All applications will be submitted to AMSA.
  • Payment of fees can be made at the time of application via the online payment portal on AMSA's website, over the phone via AMSA Connect or in person at Australia Post.
  • In some cases, exemptions have been extended until 2020. Read the list of exemptions.

Maritime Safety Victoria, as a branch of Transport Safety Victoria, will continue in its role as the marine safety regulator in relation to matters that include local waterways management, local knowledge certification, pilotage and harbour master licensing, as well as the regulation of recreational boating activity.

MSV will also continue to undertake investigations into breaches of National Law through the provision of compliance and enforcement services as part of an agreement with AMSA, and in the regulation of safety duty holders such as port operators, pilotage service providers and towage providers through the application of Victorian marine safety law.

Requesting records lodged in Victoria

From 1 July 2018, the national system changes the way records related to domestic commercial vessels submitted to Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) are accessed. AMSA and TSV have agreed to the following process to assist with requests for records:

How to request records in Victoria

How do I request records submitted to TSV after 1 July 2013?

Public requests for records should go directly to AMSA via the Freedom of Information process or Information release authorisation form 664.

How do I request records submitted to TSV before 1 July 2013?

Public requests for records should go directly to TSV. They will advise of any fees associated with document retrieval. More information can be found on the TSV website.

What if my records span both before and after 1 July 2013? 

If your request spans records submitted before and after 1 July 2013, please make requests for records submitted before 1 July 2013 to TSV and records submitted after 1 July 2013 to AMSA using the process outlined above.

Last updated: 

Monday 5 November 2018