National Maritime Law Update: June 2011

In July 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to implement a National System for the regulation of commercial vessels operating in Australian waters.  It was also proposed, at that time, to establish the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as the national safety regulator by 2013.

Work on the National System is being progressed by the Commonwealth, through the Dapartment of Infrastructure and Transport and AMSA, in close collaboration with the State and Territory governments.

As the National Regulator, AMSA will be responsible for the implementation and administration of the new National Law covering the regulation of commercial vessels.  An agreed range of operational and enforcement functions will be delegated by AMSA to State and Territory maritime safety authorities.  Governance and financial arrangements of the National Regulator will be emvodied in an intergovernmental agreement.

Click below for documents explaining the focus of the proposed national maritime reforms which form the basis of industry consultation:  Proposed National Law June 2011;   Proposed National Regulator June 2011;   Proposed National System June 2011