Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Compliance and Enforcement Policy

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has developed a new Compliance and Enforcement Policy to complement the modernisation of the suite of legislation it administers.

The Policy documents the principles that have been developed to ensure that decision making in regard to AMSA’s regulatory functions is consistent, transparent and fair and that the AMSA is accountable.

These principles have been documented in AMSA’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy [pdfPDF: 433Kb].

The policy is generic and addresses AMSA’s approach to compliance and enforcement at a high level. Legislation specific protocols have also been developed to provide additional guidance to stakeholders and inspectors in regard to this important activity.

The National Law Protocol was reviewed by the Marine Agencies Forum and state representatives before being adopted.

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy came into effect on 1 January 2013.

The Occupational Health and Safety Protocol, Protection of the Seas Protocol and Shipping Registration Act Protocol also took effect on that date.

The Protocols for the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 and the Navigation Act 2012 will take effect when those Acts commence.

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