Certificate of Operation
A Certificate of Operation is required for domestic commercial vessels that operate in Australia. A Certificate of Operation can be issued by Roads and Maritime Services on behalf of the National Regulator.
A Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) is not required to have a Registration Label, Survey Record Book or Permit Plate under the National System.
How do I know if my vessel is required to have Certificate of Operation?
To find out if your vessel requires a Certificate of Operation, please refer to the Quick Guide to Operations on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website.
Vessels not required to be in survey must meet the safety standard National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part G.
Certificates issued under the previous system
Certificates of Operation issued by Roads and Maritime before the introduction of the National System remain valid until their expiry date. When you renew, you'll be issued with a National System Certificate of Operation.
Applying for a Certificate of Operations
To apply for a Certificate of Operation, you'll need to provide:
- A completed Application for a Certificate of Operation form (AMSA 504) (Word)
- For vessels not requiring a Certificate of Survey, a completed Application for New Scheme Non-Survey (NS) Vessels form (AMSA 579) (Word)
- Payment for the required fee
- A declaration that the vessel complies with the National Standards for General Safety Regulations.
- A copy of the Safety Management System
- A certified copy of your proof of identity
- The Bill of Sale for the vessel
- A copy of an Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) Extract (if applicable).
- Photo of the Australian Builders Plate (ABP) on the vessel (if applicable).
You can submit your application by sending all required documents by:
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: Locked Bag 5100 Camperdown NSW 1450.
If you have any questions please contact the Commercial Vessels Survey and Certification Team by phoning (02) 9563 8400.