Certainty for maritime safety

Media Release

DC400/2017

06 December 2017

Australia's maritime industries received a boost today with Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers committing more than $100 million to support operators during service delivery transition to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

From 1 July 2018, AMSA will be the sole service provider under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said for the first time, Australia's domestic commercial vessel industries would benefit from nationally consistent delivery of safety services.

“We are committed to the national system delivering safety benefits for commercial boating, fishing and tourism operations across Australia, and importantly, the industry remains supportive of a national system of maritime safety regulation,” Mr Chester said.

“Following careful consideration of industry feedback and year-long negotiations, I have finalised the $102.4 million transition package with my State and Territory colleagues.”

“The Australian Government is committing $55 million to this transition package in recognition of the importance of the domestic commercial vessel industries to the Australian economy.”

“Changes to the national system will ensure consistent fees for vessel services across all Australian jurisdictions, and a cost recovery levy gradually phased in to allow time for industry to adjust and prepare for the changes.

“No levy will be charged to industry in the first year of AMSA's service delivery to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all operators as charging arrangements are standardised and services transition.

“Levy charges will gradually increase until our industries fund around 80 per cent of the national system, with the balance funded by the Australian Government.

“Importantly, AMSA will continue to look at ways to reduce the administrative burden and will engage closely with industry in the lead up to 1 July 2018,” Mr Chester said.

For more information on the changes, please visit: amsa.gov.au/domestic.