Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Navigation Act 2012

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has the authority and responsibility for operational activities of the Navigation Act 2012.

The Navigation Act is Commonwealth legislation for Australia to regulate international ship and seafarer safety; shipping aspects of protecting the marine environment and the actions of seafarers in Australian waters.

The Navigation Act

Under the Commonwealth Administrative Arrangements Order, the Navigation Act 2012 is administered by the Minister for and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development .

The Navigation Act gives effect to international conventions for maritime issues where Australia is a signatory.

The Act covers:

  • vessel survey and certification
  • construction standards
  • crewing
  • seafarers’ qualifications and welfare
  • occupational health and safety
  • carriage and handling of cargoes
  • passengers
  • marine pollution prevention
  • monitoring and enforcement activities.

The Act allows delegated legislation called regulations and Marine Orders.

International conventions

The Navigation Act provides the legislative power for Australia to implement the following treaties developed by the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization and United Nations Conferences:

Note: MARPOL requirements for the discharge of pollution are implemented by the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution From Ships) Act 1983.

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