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Western Australia—changes to domestic commercial vessel services

Most services for operators and crew of domestic commercial vessels are now provided by us instead of Department of Transport, Western Australia.

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

Certificates of competency

Department of transport (DoT) AMSA—from 1 July 2018
  • Applications should be lodged through the DoT shopfront.
  • DoT issue renewal reminders three months before renewal date.
  • 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 AMSA when the booking the final assessment.
  • AMSA will issue reminder notices for certificate renewals.

Certificates of operation

Department of transport (DoT) AMSA—from 1 July 2018
  • Applications for the issue of five yearly Certificates of Operation are processed by DoT.
  • Applications can be submitted before they have been fully completed.
  • DoT do not issue reminder notices.
  • 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

Department of transport (DoT) AMSA—from 1 July 2018

Initial survey

  • Assessment of applications for initial survey of domestic commercial vessels submitted by private accredited marine surveyors on behalf of owners are processed through Fremantle office.
  • Submit the application to build to the DoT (for the issue of a unique vessel identifier).

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 AMSA at the time of application.

Periodic survey and renewals

  • The assessment of survey submissions from private accredited marine surveyors for endorsement or renewal survey of five yearly Certificates of Survey for domestic commercial vessels are provided by DoT.

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

Department of transport (DoT) AMSA—from 1 July 2018
  • Detailed photos and information outlining what the boat will be fitted with, what it will be used for and what safety equipment it will carry—submitted to MSA.
  • Ongoing applicants for non-survey approval that are still open at 1 June 2018 will be notified that their application will be transferred to AMSA or, if their application is deemed too old, will have their application timed out.
  • 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

Department of transport (DoT) AMSA—from 1 July 2018
  • Applications for general exemptions are made through DoT 
  • If the applicant requires a specific exemption or equivalent means of compliance (EMOC) they must submit their application form directly to AMSA be transferred to AMSA or, if their application is deemed too old, will have their application timed out
  • 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.

The Department of Transport will continue to provide you with marine safety services for local waterways management, environmental management, pilotage, navigation aids, ports, harbours and mooring management as well as all recreational boating services.

Requesting records lodged in Western Australia

From 1 July 2018, the national system changes the way records related to domestic commercial vessels submitted to Department of Transport (DoT) Western Australia are accessed. AMSA and DoT have agreed to the following process to assist with requests for records.

How to request records in Western Australia

How do I request records submitted to DoT after 1 January 2007?

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 DoT before 1 January 2007?

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

What if my records span both before and after 1 January 2007? If your request spans records submitted before and after 1 July 2013, you may submit your request to AMSA using the process outlined above.

Last updated: 

Monday 5 November 2018