Ship registration - forms and information
How to register your vessel
This page will give you an overview of what you need to know about shipping registration, including how to register your vessel; how to maintain your registration and how to close a registration.
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A full list of the shipping registration forms are available on our forms and publications page.
Steps to registering a ship
These are the steps you will need to follow to register your ship:
- Lodge your application with supporting documents and the correct fee
- We will let you know if there are any outstanding requirements
- If there are no outstanding requirements, we will send you a marking note with instructions for the marking of your ship
- After marking of the vessel, you will need to send the certified and witnessed marking note, together with any outstanding documents to the Shipping Registration Office
- We will register the ship and send you the ship’s Australian Registration Certificate.
You have 12 months to complete the application. If you need more time, you can request an extension in writing. An extension fee would be payable.
Documents required for registration
This is the information and documents you will need to complete your registration:
- Application for registration (AMSA 168) [ PDF: 104kb]
- Declaration of ownership and nationality (AMSA 208) [ PDF: 84kb]
- Notice of appointment of registered agent (AMSA 157) [ PDF: 129kb]
- Builder's certificate (AMSA 211) [ PDF: 100kb] or Statutory declaration for builder's certificate (AMSA 222) [ DOC:128kb]
- Evidence of ownership
- Demise charter party - if applicable
- Tonnage certificate - if applicable
- Call sign licence - if applicable
- Evidence of marking of ship
- Registration fee
The requirement to be registered is listed in Subdivisions A and B of the Shipping Registration Act 1981.If the ship is foreign-owned and under demise charter to an Australian, these forms must be signed by the demise charterer.
Describing the ship
The documentation needed to describe a ship varies according to the ship's history:
For a ship not previously registered (in Australia or elsewhere):
- a builder's certificate or, if the owner is unable to obtain one after taking all reasonable action
- a statutory declaration by a person acquainted with the facts stating the prescribed particulars of the ship, any other particulars asked for on a builder's certificate which are known to the person, and the grounds for the person's belief that the particulars are correct.
If the ship was built in stages by different builders, or was altered after building, you may either provide a separate certificate showing the work of each builder or a composite certificate signed by all builders.
If the ship was last registered for title in Australia
A statutory declaration by a person acquainted with the facts specifying which information, if any, where the description of the ship has changed since last registered.
If the ship was last registered for title under foreign law
- the foreign registration certificate or an official certificate describing the ship, and if necessary
- a statutory declaration by a person acquainted with the facts specifying which information in the certificate is wrong or does not give the required particulars of its description. These particulars are listed in the builder's certificate.
Primary documents – ship registration
The documents you need to prove ownership of a ship for registration purposes will vary according to the ship's history.
- If your ship hasn’t been registered before, either in Australia or overseas, you will need a builder’s certificate and ownership documents relating to any changes of ownership from when the ship was built.
- If the ship was built and acquired outside Australia and the ownership documents aren’t available, you will need the document by which you acquired the ship as proof of ownership.
- If the ship was last registered in Australia you will need ownership documents relating to any changes of ownership since it was last registered.
- If the ship was last registered overseas you will need a document that is evidence of title under the foreign registration law and documents relating to any additional changes of ownership since the ship was last registered.
- If you have taken all reasonable actions and are still unable to obtain the ownership documentation required, the following will be accepted:
- A statutory declaration by the applicant giving the full history of the ownership of the ship; or if the full history is not available
- A statutory declaration by the applicant stating that they are lawfully entitled to the ownership of the ship and the grounds for that belief; and evidence that 30 days prior to the application being made, that a notice of intention to apply for registration was published in the Gazette. See below for more information.
If you are unable to provide documentation that shows the full ownership history of the ship, you must provide a statutory declaration, made by a person acquainted with the facts of the case, setting out details of the ships ownership. Please also provide any other supporting documentation.
If you are not able to provide details of the full ownership history, you will need to submit a statutory declaration that states:
- to the best of your knowledge the person/s claiming ownership are lawfully entitled to ownership of the ship
- explain the basis of the belief that the owner/s are lawfully entitled to ownership
- why the required documents cannot be obtained
- publish a notice in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette and send a copy of the published notice to the Registrar of Ships.
To allow time for possible appeals to the declaration of ownership, a registration cannot be processed until 30 days from the date of publication of the Gazette notice.
Notices in the Commonwealth Gazette
The Government Notices Gazette is published by the Office of Parliamentary Council and notices can be lodged on any day of the week and will be published as individual notices on Comlaw within 2 days of receipt.
Information on lodging notices is available at:
Lodging notices and further information
Notices for publication and related correspondence can be lodged by email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. By post: Office of Parliamentary Council, 63 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT, 2600
3. By Phone: 02 6120 1400
4. By Fax: 02 6282 5140
The Gazette Notice
Notices are required to be lodged in Word 97 or later (not PDF) on a template available on the Gazette information page on ComLaw at: www.comlaw.gov.au/content/GazettesLodgement
Note the proper name, address and particulars of ship should be shown clearly on the notice. The notice must use the following wording:
Shipping Registration ACT 1981
Notice of Intention to apply for Registration
Notice is hereby given of the intention of [full name] of [address] to apply, after the expiration of the period of thirty days commencing on the date of publication of this notice, for the registration under the abovenamed Act of the ship particulars of which are set out below. Objections to the registration of the ship in the name of the abovementioned person, by persons claiming a legal proprietary right in respect of the ship, should, together with any relevant documents that will verify the claim be delivered to the Registrar of Ships at the Australian Shipping Registration Office, 82 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612 or sent by properly prepaid post to the Registrar of Ships at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Canberra City ACT 2601, before the expiry of the period referred to above.
Particulars of Ship
Principal material of construction:
Type of ship:
When a vessel is foreign owned but is on a demise (bare boat) charter to an Australian operator, the vessel is eligible for registration on the Australian General Shipping Register for the period of the charter. A demise charter is the letting, hire or delivery of a ship to a charterer under a charter party agreement, by which the charterer has whole possession and control of the ship.
In addition to your application for registration, you will need to complete this form:
- Declaration by charterer (AMSA205) [ PDF: 80kb]
To extend a charter you will need to complete a Declaration of extension of charter (AMSA327) [ PDF: 246kb]
Call sign, radio licences, MMSI numbers and beacon registration
Ships registered on the Australian General Shipping Register and subject to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention are required to have an Australian radio call sign, Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number and a radio licence. The ships 406 MHz EPIRBs are also required to be coded with the Australian country code and Australian identity which will be the MMSI number or radio call sign. Ships not subject to SOLAS may have the radio call sign recorded on the registration if they wish.
Call sign and radio licence
Radio licences and call signs are issued by the Radiocommunications Licencing and Telecommunications Deployment section of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Telephone: 1300 850 115
Maritime Mobile Service Identities, or MMSI numbers, are issued by the Rescue Coordination Centre, within AMSA.
If your vessel has changed from foreign to Australian flag and you have Digital Selective Calling radios or AIS on board you will need to apply for a new Australian MMSI number and have your equipment reprogrammed by a certified technician. Please read more about MMSI information and application details.
406 MHz distress beacons
When traveling on an international voyage all ships should carry a 406 MHz Distress Beacon.
If your vessel is changing from a foreign flag to Australian flag and has a foreign coded 406 MHz Distress Beacon on board, it must be reprogrammed with the Australian country code and then registered on the Australian Beacon Register. Once the EPIRB is reprogrammed by the manufacturer it will have a new HEX ID to register. Ensure you deregister the foreign 406 MHz Distress Beacon HEX ID.
Further information on registering distress beacons can be found at the AMSA Beacons website.
The evidence showing marking of a ship, is a signed and witnessed marking note. The marking note is the document the Registrar sends the owner showing the ship's registration details which must be permanently marked on the ship. These are the official number, ship's name, home port and either net tonnage or length overall.
Evidence of closure of a foreign register
If the ship was last registered under a foreign law you will need to provide evidence from the foreign registration authority showing that the registration is closed. For example, a certificate of deletion or a certified copy of the foreign register showing the closing entry.
Applying for a provisional registration certificate
A Provisional Registration Certificate (PRC) provides temporary registration for a vessel prior to permanent registration.
A provisional registration may be granted for:
- an unregistered ship that becomes entitled to be registered while abroad; or
- an unregistered ship that is to depart from an Australian port to a place outside Australia.
A PRC is valid for six months from the date the certificate was granted or until the ship arrives at an Australian port, whichever happens first. The Registrar may grant an extension to a provisional registration. An application for an extension must be accompanied by the lodgment fee.
If you are applying for a Provisional Registration Certificate, you must apply for shipping registration at the same time.
- Application for provisional registration certificate (AMSA171) [ PDF: 296kb]
- Shipping registration fees
A ship which is more than 24 metres in tonnage length must have a tonnage certificate in order to be registered. Tonnage calculations should also be submitted with applications. Tonnage measurements can be arranged through one of the following recognised classification societies.
Sale to an Australian
When a Bill of Sale is executed the seller must ensure that the buyer receives:
- The original Bill of Sale
- The original Registration Certificate
Within 14 days of the execution of the Bill of Sale, lodge with the Registrar of Ships:
- Declaration of Transfer
- Notice of Appointment of Registered Agent
- The original Bill of Sale
- The original Australian Registration Certificate
- Lodgement fee
Sale to a foreigner
If the sale results in the ship no longer being entitled to be Australian-registered, the seller must forward to the Registrar of Ships:
- a written notice of the details of the sale
- a copy of the Bill of Sale
- the original Registration Certificate.
A ship is entitled to be registered when:
- more than half the shares (at least 33 out of 64) are owned by Australian nations or
- it is less than 12 metres in overall length and wholly owned or operated by Australian residents or by Australian nationals and residents together; or
- it is on demise (bare boat) charter to an Australian whose principal place of business is in Australia.
The buyer or transferee of a vessel must notify the Registrar of Ships of the transfer of shares within fourteen days after the execution of the Bill of Sale.
You will need the following forms and information to transfer the ownership of your vessel:
- Bill of sale (AMSA 159) [ PDF: 76kb]
- Declaration of transfer (AMSA 169) [ PDF: 84kb]
- Notice of appointment of registered agent (AMSA 157) [ PDF: 129kb]
- Shipping registration fees
A transfer of ownership occurs under Section 36 of the Shipping Registration Act 1981.
Transmission of ownership by operation of law
A transmission of ownership by operation of law can happen when the ownership of a ship or shares in a ship changes by any lawful means other than by a transfer. The death of an owner or a court order are the most frequent causes of transmission.
You will need the following forms and information to complete a transmission of ownership:
- Declaration of transmission of ownership by operation of law (AMSA207) [ PDF: 84kb]
- Notice of appointment of registered agent (AMSA 157) [PDF: 129kb]
- Shipping registration fees
You will also need to provide evidence showing the reason for the transmission, which are different, depending on the circumstances.
For example, for the death of an owner:
- a copy of the death Certificate.
- a copy of the Will or Probate or letters of administration of the estate of the person.
- an office copy of the court order.
The Shipping Registration Act 1981 does not require evidence to be lodged in other circumstances.
The ownership of a ship or shares may be changed as the result of the operation of various statutes such as the Customs Act and the Quarantine Act.
Most statutes require the performance of specific acts and the creation of prescribed documents to change ownership. This documentation would be lodged as evidence. Please contact the Registrar for more information.Transmissions fall under the provisions of Section 37 of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 and Regulation 24 of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981.
Alteration to a ship
Where a ship is altered so that it no longer corresponds with the particulars relating to the ship’s tonnage or description recorded in the register, the registered agent must give notice of the alteration. This may include replacing an engine or refurbishing the vessel.
If the alteration is made in a foreign port or at sea, a provisional registration can be granted by a proper officer or embassy official, if there is one. In all other cases it will be granted by the Registrar.
The notice of alteration form should be completed by the registered agent, providing a declaration of the changes that have been made.
The person who completed the alteration, such as an engine installer or builder, should complete the alteration certificate. If that person is not available, a person well acquainted with the facts and who knew of the installation/alteration can complete the statutory declaration instead.
You will need the following forms and information to apply for an alteration to ship:
- Notice of Alteration to Ship (AMSA 173) [ PDF: 76kb]
- Alteration Certificate[ PDF: 100kb]
- Statutory declaration for alteration certificate (AMSA 76) [ DOC:128kb]
- Original registration certificate
- Shipping registration fees
Current home ports
New South Wales
Applying for a change of home port
A registered agent can change the home port of a vessel by completing the following application form and submitting it with the correct fee:
- Application for Change of Home Port (AMSA 710)
- Original registration certificate
- Shipping registration fees
When the application has been processed, the Shipping Registration Office will issue the applicant with a marking note which has instructions for the remarking of the vessel. On the return of the certified marking note the change in home port will be finalised.
What if the home port you'd like is not in the approved list?
There are 42 home ports approved under the Shipping Registration Act 1981. If you would like a home port that is not included in this list, you will need to make an application to the Chief Executive Officer of AMSA. The application should be signed by the owners of ten registered ships, or the ships applying for registration prior to approval, and must have an undertaking by the owners of the ten ships that they will re-mark their ships with the new home port. The application should be accompanied by the correct fee. See Applying for new Home Port for more information.
There are 42 Home Ports approved under the Shipping Registration Act 1981.
To establish a new home port, you will need to lodge an application to the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The application will need to be signed by the owners of ten registered ships or about-to-be-registered ships. If a new home port is sought by owners of fewer than ten ships, the application may be considered if the proposed home port has considerable historic, commercial or tourist interest.
The proposed home port should be a harbour in Australia or in an Australian external territory that is used for berthing ships, embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, and loading and unloading of cargo.
Applications for the establishment of a new home port must contain:
- An undertaking by the owners to register or re-mark their ships with the name of the new home port.
- For each registered ship an Application for Change of Home Port and the correct fee. The fee will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful.
- For each unregistered ship an Application for Registration and the correct fee.
- If the request is made on behalf of less than ten ships, a detailed explanation of the historic, civic or other special circumstances together with evidence supporting the request by local authorities.
Please read an example letter of an application.
Send your application to:
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
C/- Shipping Registration Office
PO Box 2181
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
For more information contact the Registrar of Ships on (02) 6279 5000.
Applying for a change of name of registered ship
The owner or registered agent of a ship can apply to the Registrar to change the name of a ship, as it appears on the Register.
When an application is received and approved, the Shipping Registration Office will issue the applicant with a marking note which has instructions for the remarking of the vessel. When the certified marking note is returned, the change in name of the vessel will be finalised.
There are some names that cannot be allocated to a vessel. These include:
- Names of existing registered ships, even if they are spelt differently. If the name can be confused with or mistaken for a name that has already been allocated to another vessel, it won’t be approved.
- Names that could be offensive.
- Names that falsely suggest a connection to the Royal family, the Crown, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Government, the United Nations, the Defence Force or
- Names that include a prefix that indicate a type of ship i.e. F.V, M.V, M.Y
You will need the following forms and information to apply for a change of a ship's name:
- Application for change of name of registered ship (AMSA200) [ PDF: 80kb]
- Original registration certificate
- Shipping registration fees
Change of name, address or nationality
If you change your name, address or nationality you must inform the Registrar. This applies to a person or an organisation and can be done by completing and submitting the following documents:
- Notice of change of name, address or nationality (AMSA210) [ PDF: 80kb]
- Original registration certificate
You will also need to provide evidence showing the reason for the change
- To change a company name you will need a copy of the ASIC certificate of registration on change of name.
- For an individual you will need a copy of a marriage certificate or other document showing evidence of the change.
- If you change nationality you will need to show a passport or another immigration document.
Please note that a change to a person or company’s nationality may affect the vessels eligibility to be registered. The Shipping Registration Office can be contacted for further information.
Changes to a person or company’s name, address or nationality fall under the provisions of Section 64 of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 and Regulation 19 and Regulation 30 of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981.
Applying for a replacement certificate
If the original registration certificate has been lost, mislaid, or destroyed, the ships registered agent will need to complete the following form and information to apply for a new registration certificate:
A ship owner or registered agent must notify the Registrar of Ships immediately if a ship is no longer entitled to be registered in Australia. This applies if the ship is sold to a non-Australian, or is lost, burnt or broken up or taken by an enemy. A registration can also be closed voluntarily if the ship does not need to be registered.
Ship ceases to be entitled
Sold to non-Australian
The owner of the ship must give notice in writing that the ship is no longer entitled to be registered together with details of the circumstances including the name, address and nationality of the new owner. A copy of the bill of sale or other document that is evidence of the transfer of ownership must also be produced.
The original Australian registration certificate must be surrendered to the Shipping Registration Office as soon as possible.
Ship is lost, burnt or broken up or taken by an enemy
The owner of the ship must give notice in writing with details of the circumstances and when the event happened.
The original Australian registration certificate must be returned to the Shipping Registration Office if not lost with the ship.
Ships that aren’t required to be registered can be voluntarily closed by the owner using an Application for voluntary closure of registration form and returning the original Australian registration certificate. Voluntary closure applies to:
- pleasure craft
- fishing vessels
- government-owned ships
- foreign-owned ships that are on demise (bare boat) charter to Australian operators, and
- commercial ships that are less than 24 metres in overall length.
A deletion certificate can be provided when a registration is closed and is often needed for applications with foreign registries. The deletion certificate can be requested at the time of closure or any time after a registration is closed. A written request is needed in both cases along with the correct fee.
The deletion certificate is made up of three documents:
- A certificate stating that the ship is not Australian registered and the circumstances of its closure.
- A statement of the registered ownership at the time of closure.
- A certified Title Extract from the register, with the description of the ship at the time of closure.
A person with an interest in a ship who wants to make sure that no transactions are registered which might affect their interest in the vessel can lodge a caveat. This prevents the entry in the relevant register of any instrument relating to that ship or share until notice of the intended dealing is given to the person who has lodged the caveat.
How to lodge a caveat
The person who has lodged the caveat will be notified by the Registrar if an application to register a dealing in the ship is received.
You can lodge a caveat by completing a caveat form and returning it to the Shipping Registration Office with the lodgment fee. If there is a change to your name or address for service, you must notify the Registrar by completing a Notice of change of name of caveator or of address for service.
How to remove a caveat
To remove a caveat you will need to complete a Withdrawal of caveat (AMSA 214) and provide evidence such as a copy of the will or probate, or letters of administration of the estate of the person or an office copy of a court order depending on the circumstances.
A caveat may be withdrawn by:
- the caveator or by a solicitor or agent authorised by the caveator;
- where the caveator is deceased - the executor of the will or administrator of the estate of the caveator;
- by a trustee or official receiver or other person in whom the interest claimed by the caveator is vested pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act 1966; or
- any person in whom there is entrusted, by reason of mental incapacity of the capacity of the caveator, by order of a court of a State or Territory or pursuant to a law of a State or Territory, the management and care of the interest claimed by the caveator.
Caveats fall under the provisions of Section 47A of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 and Regulation 28A of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981.
The forms for caveats are:
- Caveat (AMSA 212)[ PDF: 88kb]
- Notice of change of name of caveator or of address for service (AMSA 213)[ PDF: 96kb]
- Withdrawal of caveat (AMSA 214)[ PDF: 84kb]
Continuous Synopsis Record
A continuous synopsis record (CSR) is a document issued to a ship under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention. It shows the history of a vessel and subsequent CSRs are issued in sequential order. A CSR is reissued when any change is made to information about a ship. All passenger vessels and cargo ships over 500GT engaged on international voyages must have a CSR on board at all times.
You can apply for a continuous synopsis record by completing an Application for continuous synopsis record. If the vessel has previously held a CSR on a foreign registry or from previous Australian registration, the Shipping Registration Office will need to see a copy of the final CSR. The new Australian CSR will have the next sequential number. For example if the final CSR is No.4 the new CSR will be No.5.
If no CSR has previously been issued, it is important that all of the companies listed on the CSR hold an IMO Company number as well as the ships IMO number. If the company does not have an IMO number, you will need to apply for one.
Amendment to CSR
Amendments to the continuous synopsis record must be completed (AMSA Form 174).
If there are any changes to the particulars on the CSR, for example a change of name or address to a company or any changes to the ISM details, an amendment must be requested. An amended CSR will be produced with the next sequential number.
Amendments to the Continuous Synopsis Record [ PDF: 101kb] must be completed.
Please note that when completing the form, only the fields that need to be amended should be completed. All other fields should be marked with N/C (No Change).
Re-Issue of CSR
Application is made via written request to the SRO.
If a previously issued CSR is lost, misplaced or destroyed, then a replacement will need to be issued.
Application is made via written request to the SRO, on closure of registration.
When the Australian registration of a SOLAS vessel is closed, we will need to issue a final CSR.
What does a CSR contain?
The CSR contains the full recorded history of the vessel in respect of the following:
- Name and home port of the ship.
- The ship’s IMO number.
- The date on which the ship was registered.
- The registered owner(s), their address, and IMO company number.
- (If applicable) the charterer(s), their address, and IMO Company Number.
- The classification society with which the ship is classed.
- Name, address, and IMO company number of the international safety management company.
- Name of the administration/government/recognized organisation which issued the document of compliance (DOC).
- Name of the body that carried out the DOC audit if different to the above.
- Name of the administration/government/recognized organisation which issued the safety management certificate (SMC).
- Name of the body who carried out the SMC audit if different to the above.
- Name of the administration/government/recognized security organisation who issued the international ship security certificate (ISSC).
- Name of the body that carried out ISSC verification.
- The date of closure of the ship’s registration if/when applicable.
Penalties for inaccurate data
All information in a CSR must be correct. Any inaccurate or conflicting data in the ship’s documentation or certificates could result in a deficiency being recorded at a port or flag State control inspection, and possibly even detention of the ship.
For example, differences in company names or addresses between what is recorded on the CSR issued by AMSA and what is recorded on a document of compliance or an international safety management (ISM) certificate issued by AMSA under the international safety management code could result in a deficiency or detention of the ship.
Names and addresses of Australian companies recorded in the ship register should be exactly as listed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Trading names and operating addresses different from a company’s official registered name and address should not be used on the register or on ISM certificates.
Forms for applying for or amending a CSR are:
- Application for Continuous Synopsis Record (AMSA 164) [ PDF: 80kb]
- Amendments to the Continuous Synopsis Record (AMSA 174) [ PDF: 101kb]
Applying for an exemption from the requirement to be registered
Exemption from the requirement to be registered
An Australian owned vessel becomes exempt from the requirement to be registered when it is chartered to a foreign operator.
A vessel can only hold registration in one country, which means the vessels registration must be suspended for the period it is chartered.
You will need the following information and forms to request an exemption:
- Application for Exemption from the Requirement to be Registered
- Copy of the Demise Charter Party Agreement
- Return of the original Australian registration certificate
- Request for a final CSR (if applicable)
- Lodgement fee. GST doesn’t apply to shipping registration services.
Exemptions from the requirement to be registered fall under the provisions of Section 12(2) of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981.
Applying for an exemption from the requirement to be registered - Government vessels
Commonwealth vessels are exempt from the requirement to be registered when they are operating domestically.
A certificate of exemption can be requested by either the owner or the operator by using the request for exemption form.
There is no fee.
Exemptions for Commonwealth vessels (as defined under Section 6 of the Navigation Act 2012) fall under the provisions of Section 13 of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 and Section 14 of the Navigation Act 2012.
Applying for a temporary pass
An unregistered ship can be issued with a temporary pass so it can travel between Australian and foreign ports, or from one foreign port to another.
A temporary pass can be issued under special circumstances and will show where the ship is authorised to travel and when.
The form required to apply for a temporary pass is:
Temporary passes for yacht races
Unregistered Australian yachts participating in races between an Australian and a foreign port can be issued with a temporary pass provided that:
- The race is conducted by a yachting organisation which is affiliated with the Australian Yachting Federation.
- The Australian Yachting Federation provides written confirmation of the affiliation and the details of the race and the participants.
For more information please see the factsheet - Important information for Australian yacht owners participating in international yacht races and rallies or sailing overseas.
How to apply for a temporary pass for a yacht race
- One temporary pass is needed for the outgoing voyage and another pass is needed for any return voyage.
- The application forms and fees can be sent to the Shipping Registration Office along with written confirmation by the Australian Yachting Federation. These can be collected by the race organiser on behalf of yacht owners or operators and sent as a bulk lot to the Shipping Registration Office.
Search of the register and title extracts
A current title extract will give details of ownership, ship particulars and any caveats over a registered ship. It will show the particulars of the ship at the date it is produced, and is a certified title extract from the general register.
Details of ownership, ship particulars, and caveats over a registered ship can be obtained from the Register of Ships by applying for a current title extract.
Records that are most likely to be of interest to historical researchers are held by the National Archives of Australia. The most important records are the Australian Registers of British Ships (1834-1982). Microfilm copies of the registers are available for reading at all regional offices of Australian Archives.
Some historical records are kept at the Shipping Registration Office and may be accessed by prior arrangement with the Registrar who can be contacted by telephone or email.
Current title extracts fall under the provisions of Section 57 of the Shipping Registration Act 1981.
Applying for a certificate of entitlement to fly the national flag and the red ensign
Registered commercial ships, 24 metres and over in tonnage length must fly the Australian Red Ensign, and all other registered ships can fly either the Australian national flag or the red ensign.
If an unregistered Australian owned ship wishes to fly either flag, they will need to be issued with a certificate of entitlement. A certificate of entitlement allows the owner of a non-registered vessel to fly the Australian national flag or red ensign in Australian waters.
Please read the National colours for Australian ships’ (flags) page for more information on flags.
Complete the following form to request a certificate of entitlement:
- Application for certificate of entitlement to fly the national flag and red ensign (AMSA201) [ PDF: 88kb]
Fees can be paid by cheque, credit card or direct deposit.
- Cheques are to be made out to AMSA.
- Credit card authorisation form [ DOC:56kb]
- Direct Deposit Information [ PDF: 44kb]
For the fees that apply to each transaction, see the schedule of fees.