Consultation on domestic commercial vessels levy

Media Release

DC150/2016

20 October 2016

  • AMSA recently conducted consultation with industry Australia-wide
  • Industry thanked for their engagement and feedback
  • Feedback to be carefully considered as part of the Government's decision making process

AMSA has conducted industry consultation across Australia as it moves to become Australia's sole maritime safety regulator, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“Industry stakeholders were consulted on two proposed cost recovery levies and I thank them for their active engagement and feedback,” Mr Chester said.

“The constructive feedback by industry operators will be given careful consideration as part of the government's deliberations on determining the best approach for a safe and cost effective system.

“In July 2013, AMSA became the national regulator for Australia's domestic commercial vessel fleet, providing a single set of safety standards across all states and territories called the ‘national system’.

“Since then, marine safety agencies in each state and in the Northern Territory have provided certification and compliance services on behalf of AMSA.

“In 2014 state transport ministers agreed that AMSA would begin directly delivering these services from 1 July 2017.”

Mr Chester will be providing an update on the consultation feedback and cost recovery arrangements for domestic commercial vessels to his state counterparts at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in November.

“The national system is delivering safety benefits for commercial boating, fishing and tourism operations across Australia,” Mr Chester said. “The feedback from industry will allow the State Ministers to work with me and AMSA to get the details right.”