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?

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.

If service delivery changes are made by MSAs prior to 1 July 18 then these changes will be communicated directly to affected industry members by MSAs.

In the lead up to the transition, Roads and Maritime Services will continue to provide initial survey, periodic survey, certification and administrative functions on behalf of AMSA. Operators will have the choice to use either a private accredited surveyor, a Roads and Maritime surveyor or an AMSA Recognised Organisation (such as an IACS approved Classification Society) to complete their vessel inspections. This will allow the private sector time to build and meet market demand in the lead up to 1 July 2018.

Next steps

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will continue to engage the Domestic Commercial Vessel industry and its service delivery partners on a suitable funding model.

AMSA will also continue working together to build a system with simple and consistent rules leading to safer operations for all.

AMSA will provide regular updates as new information comes to hand via the AMSA website.

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Crew licence

Vessel licence

Wharf access


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