Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.