Commonwealth Commercial Vessel Legislation

The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (the National Law) is a key part of the National System.

It sets the National Standard for Commercial Vessels as the national standard for domestic commercial vessel construction, operation and seafarer qualifications. It also establishes AMSA as the single National Regulator for commercial vessel safety.

Regulations under the National Law provide more details about key definitions and transitional arrangements.

Marine Orders under the National Law set out the processes and requirements for national certificates, vessel identification, approved training organisations and administrative requirements.

Exemptions from certain elements of the National Law are provided where it is unreasonable to require full compliance with the National Law or where transitional arrangements are required.

The National Law, Regulations, Marine Orders and exemptions can be accessed through the AMSA website – National Law