Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Domestic incident reporting

When do I need to report an incident?

You must report an incident if you are the owner or master of a domestic commercial vessel involved in an incident.

Reporting an incident

You must let the local marine safety agency know as soon as possible if you are involved in an incident that results in or includes:

  • the loss of a vessel
  • a collision with another vessel or an object
  • the grounding, sinking, flooding or capsizing of a vessel
  • a fire
  • a loss of stability that affects the safety of the vessel
  • a close quarters situation
  • the death or injury, or possible death or injury, of a person on board
  • the loss, or possible loss, of a person from a vessel

How do I report an incident?

If you are the owner or master of a domestic commercial vessel that is involved in an incident, you must let the local marine safety agency know as soon as possible. A written report must also be submitted within 72 hours of you becoming aware of the incident.

Incidents should also be reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) so the circumstances can be looked at, and if necessary, take steps to improve vessel safety.

Related information

For further information please refer to the Incident Report Guidance Notice [PDF Icon PDF: 463Kb] and the Incident Report Form [PDF Icon PDF: 371Kb].

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