Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Fee for service

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is implementing a fee for service arrangement to recover the costs associated with delivery of the following services:

  • Accreditation of marine surveyors
  • Assessment of applications for specific exemptions
  • Assessment of applications for  equivalent means of compliance
The fees have been developed in accordance with the Australian Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRGs) and the Australian Government Charging Framework (AGCF).

Fees for the Surveyor Accreditation Scheme

Application fee for accreditation

To become accredited in a category or categories of surveying, there is a fixed fee payable upfront on lodgement of an application.

Tier Service Total $


1 to 5 categories



6  to 10 categories



11 to 16 categories


Renewal fee

Surveyor accreditation renewal fee: $259 (due every five years)

Fees to apply for a Specific Exemption or Equivalent Means of Compliance

When you make an application for this service, you will receive an estimate of costs based on the hourly rateto process and issue any permission or authority associated with the service.. An estimate depends on the complexity of the regulatory, technical, operational and other matters that have to be considered in each application.  

The hourly rate for applications requested from 1 July 2017 is $234 per hour and this service does not attract any GST.
When providing the estimate we will also provide a list of documents required to support your application.

Should you wish to proceed you will be required to:

  • Pay the estimate; and
  • Submit the list of supporting documents (if requested).

Please note that assessment of your application will only commence when we have received your payment and all supporting documents.

It is important that you document and explain the detail of the specific exemption or equivalent means of compliance you are seeking. This should include any necessary drawings or references to codes or standards which support your application. It is not appropriate for AMSA to develop your proposal for you. Should additional information be required this may result in a change to the estimate.


An estimate is calculated on the basis that the applicant has reasonable knowledge of:

  • the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012;
  • Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013; and
  • associated Marine Orders, Exemptions, and vessel standards

applicable to the nature of the operation that is requested, and that the applicant will provide a reasonable standard of documentation necessary to support the application.

An estimate is valid for 30 days from the date the estimate is sent. As you have the choice to not continue, AMSA will not invoice you but will be provide you with a receipt should you choose to accept and pay the initial amount.

If we have not received your payment and any supporting documents required within 30 days, your application will be closed and returned to you.
If payment of the estimate is made outside the 30 day period, AMSA will review the estimate to ensure it is still accurate.

Finalising the amount payable

The amount we charge for a service will depend on the actual amount of time taken to do the necessary work.  


  • If the amount initially paid is insufficient to cover the actual time taken to determine the application, AMSA may request a further payment to complete the work. 
  • If the amount initially paid (plus any subsequent payments) is higher than the actual time taken by AMSA to determine the application, AMSA will refund the difference.

Frequently asked questions

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I am currently an accredited marine surveyor. What does this mean for me?

I am currently an accredited marine surveyor and I want to apply for additional categories. How much do I pay?

How will AMSA ensure the process of assessing the total fee payable for specific exemptions and equivalent means of compliance is fair and consistent?

What if AMSA denies my request for an specific exemption or equivalent means of compliance? Do I still have to pay?

Do I have a right of review?

How did AMSA determine these fees?

Can I pay the fee in installments?

I currently have a specific exemption from AMSA. What happens when it expires?

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