Deadline Extended for Submissions on proposed Coastal Shipping Reforms

Media Release


27 April 2017

  • Deadline extended by a fortnight to 12 May 2017
  • Decision follows calls for more time to consider a wide range of proposed reforms
  • Changes could reduce future demands on the land-based national freight transport network

To ensure all stakeholders can provide the Australian Government with detailed submissions on the proposed changes in the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper, the deadline for submissions has been extended by two weeks.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the decision followed advice from a number of stakeholders that they required more time to fully consider the wide range of reforms proposed in the paper.

“As a result, we have extended the original deadline for submissions, from ship operators, shipping companies and other relevant stakeholders, to Friday, 12 May 2017,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government is seeking industry consultation on how effective the proposed changes would be in increasing the role of coastal shipping in Australia’s freight transport network.

A reinvigorated coastal shipping sector could substantially reduce future demand on the national land-based transport network,” Mr Chester said.

Proposed amendments to the Act include:

  • Removing the five-voyage minimum requirement for issuing Temporary Licenses (TL) for single voyages.
  • Streamlining the licensing process where no General License (GL) vessels are available.
  • Streamlining the TL variation process.
  • Amending the voyage notification requirements and the tolerance limits on cargo volume and loading date variations.
  • Extending the geographical reach of the Act by amending the definition of ‘coastal trading’ to include voyages to and from other defined places in Australian waters, such as offshore installations.

Written submissions should be sent to by close of business on Friday, 12 May 2017.

To download copies of the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper visit: