Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USL Code)

National standards

The USL Code provides standards for the design, construction and operation of domestic commercial vessels.

The Code was first published in 1979 in response to the need for a common national safety standard for commercial vessels. The National Standards for Commercial Vessels are being progressively introduced to replace the USL Code.

Section Title Year of publication Applicable region
1 Introduction, Definitions and General Requirements 1993 All
2008 CTH NSW NT TAS VIC WA
2008 QLD
2008 SA
2 Qualifications and Manning: Trading Vessels 1991 All
2008 All
3 Qualifications and Manning: Fishing Vessels 1991 All
2008 All
5 Construction    
5A Preliminary 1989 All
2008 All
5B Structural Strength 1989 All
2008 All
5C Watertight Subdivision of Passenger Vessels 1993 All
2008 All
5D Watertight Subdivision of Class 2 and Class 3 Vessels 1989 All
2008 All
5E Passengers, Passenger Accommodation, Guard Rails and Bulwarks 1989 All
2008 All
5F Structural Fire Protection 1989 All
2008 CTH NSW NT TAS VIC WA
2008 QLD
2008 SA
5G Design Loading 1989 All
2008 All
5H Aluminium 1993 All
2008 All
5I Copper Nickel 1989 All
2008 All
5J Ferro-cement 1989 All
2008 All
5K Fibre Reinforced Plastic 1993 All
2008 All
5L Steel 1989 All
2008 All
5M Timber 1989 All
2008 All
6 Crew Accommodation 1989 All
2008 All
7 Load Lines 1989 All
2008 All
8 Stability    
8A Preliminary 1993 All
2008 All
8B Simplified Presentation of Stability 1993 All
8C Stability Criteria 1993 All
9 Engineering 1993 All
2008 CTH NSW NT TAS VIC WA
2008 QLD
2008 SA
10 Life Saving Appliances 1993 All
2008 CTH NSW NT TAS VIC WA
2008 QLD
2008 SA
11 Fire Appliances 1989 All
2008 CTH NSW NT TAS VIC WA
2008 QLD SA
12 Radio Equipment 1989 All
2008 All
13 Miscellaneous Equipment 1989 All
2008 CTH NSW NT SA TAS VIC WA
2008 QLD
14 Surveys and Certificates of Survey 1993 All
2008 All
15 Emergency Procedures and Safety of Navigation 1993 All
2008 All
16 Collision Regulations 1989 All
2008 All
17 River Murray Traffic Regulations 1989 All
2008 All
18 Hire and Drive Vessels 1989 All
2008 All
  Amendments 1993 Amendment List 1
1996 Amendment List 2
1996 Amendment List 3
1997 Amendment List 4
2007 Amendment List 5
2007 Amendment List 6
Amendment List 6, Attachment A
2008 Amendment List 7
2010 Amendment List 8
2010 Amendment List 9
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