National Law Act exemptions for marine orders

We follow national law, regulations, marine orders, and exemptions to implement the national system.

Exemptions from parts of the national law are provided where one of the following apply:

  • it is unreasonable to require full compliance
  • where transitional arrangements are required.

General exemptions are provided to a class of people or vessels, such as heritage vessels or traditional operators. Some general exemptions require an application to be made before the exemption can be accessed, whilst others are available ‘as of right’.

Specific exemptions may be available where required for a specific person or vessel, and an application will generally be required in these instances.

For further information, see our policy on exemptions from the domestic commercial vessel national law.

Index of national law exemptions

Exemption number Title
1 Marine Safety (Vessel identifiers) Exemption 2017

Marine Safety (Certificates of survey) Exemption 2017 (No. 2)

3 Marine Safety (Certificates of operation) Exemption 2017
4 Marine Safety (Recreational use) Exemption 2013
6 Marine Safety (Periodic survey, equipment certificate and compass adjustment) Exemption 2017
6 Marine Safety (Periodic survey, equipment certification and compass adjustment) Exemption 2018—effective 1 April 2018
6 Summary of Exemption 06 changes
7 Marine Safety (Temporary operations) Exemption 2016
7 Marine Safety (Temporary operations) Exemption 2018—effective 1 April 2018
7 Summary of Exemption 07 changes

Marine Safety (Temporary crewing) Exemption 2013

11 Repealed—refer to EX01, EX02 and EX03

Marine Safety (Bareboats) Exemption 2013

Marine Safety (Bareboats) Exemption 2017—effective 1 February 2018


Marine Safety (Emergency services vessels) Exemption 2017 (No. 2)


Marine safety (NSCV Parts E and F) Exemption 2017 (No. 2)

29 Marine Safety (Recording activities) Exemption 2016
35 Repealed—refer to EX01, EX02 and EX03
37 Repealed—refer to EX01, EX02 and EX03
39 Marine Safety (Life jacket lights) Exemption 2015

Marine Safety (Class C restricted operations) Exemption 2017

and schedules listed below:

Exemption 40 (Operational Area) Determination 2017

Additional maps are available for Tasmania that depict both the C restricted areas as well as sheltered water limits:


Marine Safety (Unpowered barges) Exemption 2017 (No. 2)

Related information

Last updated: 9 March 2018
Last reviewed: 9 March 2018