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Uniform shipping laws code

The Uniform shipping laws code (USL code) provides standards for the design, construction and operations of domestic commercial vessels in Australia.

The USL code was first published in 1979 in response to the need for a common national safety standard for commercial vessels. The National Standard for Commercial Vessels has largely replaced the USL code for all new domestic commercial vessels. 

Section Title Year of publication Applicable region
1 Introduction, definitions and general requirements 1993

All regions

2008

Commonwealth, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

2008

Queensland

2008

South Australia

2 Qualifications and manning: trading vessels 1991

All regions

2008

All regions

3 Qualifications and manning: fishing vessels 1991

All regions

2008

All regions

5

Construction

   
5A Preliminary 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5B Structural strength 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5C Watertight subdivision of passenger vessels 1993

All regions

2008

All regions

5D Watertight subdivision of class 2 and class 3 vessels 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5E Passengers, passenger accommodation, guard rails and bulwarks 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5F Structural fire protection 1989

All regions

2008

Commonwealth, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

2008

Queensland

2008

South Australia

5G Design loading 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5H Aluminium 1993

All regions

2008

All regions

5I Copper nickel 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5J Ferro-cement 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5K Fibre reinforced plastic 1993

All regions

2008

All regions

5L Steel 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

5M Timber 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

6 Crew accommodation 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

7 Load lines 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

8 Stability    
8A Preliminary 1993

All regions

2008

All regions

8B Simplified presentation of stability 1993

All regions

8C Stability criteria 1993

All regions

9 Engineering 1993

All regions

2008

Commonwealth, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

2008

Queensland

2008

South Australia

10 Life saving appliances 1993

All regions

2008

Commonwealth, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

2008

Queensland

2008

South Australia

11 Fire appliances 1989

All regions

2008

Commonwealth, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

2008

Queensland, South Australia

12 Radio equipment 1989

All regions

2008

All regions

13 Miscellaneous equipment 1989

All regions

2008

Commonwealth, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

2008

Queensland

14 Surveys and certificates of survey 1993

All regions

2008 All regions
15 Emergency procedures and safety of navigation 1993 All regions
2008 All regions
16 Collision regulations 1989 All regions
2008 All regions
17 River Murray traffic regulations 1989 All regions
2008 All regions
18 Hire and drive vessels 1989 All regions
2008 All regions
  Amendments 1993 Amendment list 1
1996 Amendment list 2
1996 Amendment list 3
1997 Amendment list 4
2007 Amendment list 5
2007 Amendment list 6
Amendment list 6 attachment A
2008 Amendment list 7
2010 Amendment list 8
2010 Amendment list 9