National Maritime Standards

State and Territory governments have signed an agreement to make the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) the National Regulator for the National System for Commercial Vessel Safety from 2013.

As part of the agreement AMSA will also from 2013 assume the functions of commercial vessel maritime standards maintenance and development currently conducted by the National Maritime Safety Committee (NMSC).

In order to begin the process of transition, the NMSC recently decided to relocate the secretariat function of the NMSC to AMSA in Canberra and to close the NMSC's Sydney Office from 31 October 2011.

This relocation will not affect the ongoing work of the NMSC.

In fact, the NMSC is confident these reforms will continue to deliver an efficient national approach to commercial vessel safety.  The development and maintenance of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) will continue in close consultation with industry and state/territory maritime authorities using the same processes as before.

A new body, the Australian Recreational Boating Safety Committee, has also taken over the role of NMSC in the recreational vessel sector this year.