The Navigation Act 2012
After approximately three years of planning, public and whole of Government consultation, extensive drafting, and through the commitment and cooperation demonstrated by all stakeholders, the re-written Navigation Act 1912 as the Navigation Act 2012 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 13 September 2012.
The Act replaces the century old Navigation Act 1912 with a contemporary legislative framework for maritime regulation. The Act reflects changes in the maritime sector and is the primary legislative means for the Australian Government to regulate international ship and seafarer safety, shipping aspects of protecting the marine environment and the actions of seafarers in Australian waters. It also gives effect to the relevant international conventions to which Australia is a signatory.
The Navigation Act 2012 will commence on 1 July 2013.
Navigation Regulation 2013
Regulations made under the Navigation Act 1912 will cease to have effect upon commencement of the Navigation Act 2012. The majority of subordinate regulations will be developed by and form the Australian Maritime Safety Authorities' (AMSA) Marine Orders. In cases where subordinate regulations cannot be made under AMSA Marine Orders, the Navigation Regulation 2013 will prescribe these matters. These are primarily concerned with the management of Customs Vessels under the Navigation Act 2012.