AMSA to deliver full range of services for domestic maritime industry
29 May 2015
Transport Ministers representing all states and territories decided in November 2014 that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority will assume responsibility for full delivery of services and funding for domestic commercial vessels by July 2019, with a two year transition period commencing in July 2017.
A nationally delivered service presents real and substantial benefits to the domestic maritime industry and the Australian economy, with a focus on reducing regulatory burden and rewarding good safety management. It will also make it possible to implement a modern risk based regulatory safety scheme that is consistently applied across Australia.
AMSA has commenced working to design, build, test and implement new arrangements in a planned and coordinated manner for their introduction in 2017. The costs for this work will not be recovered from the domestic commercial vessel sector.
For commercial vessel operators, this means nothing will change immediately. Regulatory services will continue to be delivered by state maritime agencies acting as delegates of AMSA, including the administration of certificates, on-water compliance and regulatory investigation. They will also continue to set charges and collect fees for these services. AMSA remains responsible for the development of standards and maintenance of regulations.
Ahead of transition to full service delivery on a national level in 2019, there will be consultation with industry.
While there will be structured public consultation mechanisms in place about any changes to regulatory services, in the interim, we welcome your feedback and insights which can be sent via email or by phone 02 6279 5000 (select option 3). We also encourage you to sign up to receive our monthly eNews update and quarterly publication Working Boats.
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