Commercial vessels

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the national regulator of domestic commercial vessels and Roads and Maritime Services is the NSW delegate.

AMSA Update: National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel

On 4 November 2016, state and territory Transport Ministers decided to extend transition to the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels for one-year until 1 July 2018.

The decision follows outcomes of the cost recovery consultation that indicated industry’s lack of support for the levy proposals put forward.

What does this mean for industry as the transition date approaches?

State and territory Marine Safety Agencies (MSAs) will continue to deliver services to Seafarers, Owners and Operators in the Domestic Commercial Vessel industry to 1 July 18.

Update on initial and periodic surveys

If Roads and Maritime are in receipt of all required documents and an operational audit (for high risk vessels) was completed prior to 15 June 2018, a Temporary Operation Exemption may be issued. Final Certificates of Survey and Operation will be issued directly by AMSA in due course. From then on the following calendar will apply:

  • 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018 – RMS will accept submissions and forward on to AMSA
  • 1 July 2018 onwards – All submissions must be made directly to AMSA

Our new role

While our function will change significantly under this new model, Roads and Maritime will still maintain an active role in the national system by partnering with AMSA for the delivery of education, compliance and audit related activities of the NSW domestic commercial vessel industry.

By conducting regular safety audits on both high risk domestic commercial vessels and the works of the private accredited surveyors, we hope to improve transparency and integrity within the vessel construction and survey industry. We will also carry out audits to ensure environmental compliance of domestic commercial vessels in NSW under a Sewage Pollution Prevention Scheme.

Another important function will be the delivery of education for domestic commercial vessel safety programs to the NSW industry to support compliance with relevant legislation and requirements.

More information

From 1 July 2018 AMSA will become the one point of contact for domestic commercial vessels and crew in NSW. Find out more about the transition to the national system via AMSA’s website.

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Crew licence

Vessel licence

Wharf access


Documents and forms


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