How flag State administration works in Australia
As a flag State, we are responsible for making sure Australian ships comply with relevant legislation. As a small regulator, we outsource certain flag State administration functions to recognized organisations.
For all ships flying our flag, we maintain the responsibilities and obligations imposed by international conventions. We have delegated certain survey and certification functions to recognised organisations, known as classification societies. These classification societies are members of the International Association of Classification Societies and are:
- American Bureau of Shipping
- Bureau Veritas
- Det Norske Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd
- Lloyd’s Register
- Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
- China Classification Society
- Korean Register of Shipping
- Registro Italiano Navale
We have an agreement with each organisation governing the provision of survey and certification services for vessels registered in Australia. Each organisation may certify vessels under the marine order applicable.