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Review of Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety legislation

In light of the current caretaker period, the timing for the review process has been revised. The Draft Interim Safety Report will be released when the caretaker period ends.

An independent expert panel is reviewing Australia’s Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety legislation, including costs and charging arrangements.

Why we want your input

The independent expert panel is seeking feedback on whether Australia's legal framework regulating the safety of domestic commercial maritime vessels is fit for purpose.

How you can voice your opinion

Email your submission by 30 March 2022. A consultation aid is available below.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will help inform phase one of the review, including a Draft Safety Interim Report and Final Safety Report.

The Issue

Australia's diverse maritime industries include tourism, transport and fishing operations. These businesses are especially important in our coastal and regional communities, as well as to the whole Australian economy. The Australian Government is committed to having an effective system of safety regulation for vessels and seafarers across these industries.

There have been a number of recent inquiries into maritime safety regulation. In response to the Inquiry into the Performance of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Government has committed to an independent review of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (National System) and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (National Law). View the Terms of Reference for the independent review.

The National System is Australia's national regulatory framework to ensure the safe design, construction, equipping, crewing and operation of commercial, government and research vessels operating in Australian waters. Since mid-2018, the National System has been delivered by AMSA under National Law and related legislative instruments.

The review will be conducted in two phases, with the first to focus on the National Law framework (Phase 1) and the second to consider national system delivery costs and future funding options (Phase 2). This have your say is for Phase 1.

Phase 1 milestones are:

  • February 2022: Safety Consultation Aid released. Public submissions sought.
  • February to 30 March 2022: Stakeholder engagement meetings.
  • 30 March 2022: Public submissions close
  • 29 April 2022: Draft Safety Interim Report released. Public submissions sought
  • 30 April to 30 May: Public consultation on Draft Safety Interim Report
  • 30 May 2022: Public submissions on Draft Interim Safety Report close
  • June 2022: Final Safety Report finalised.

Relevant documentation


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We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Alternatively please email your completed submission to

APP 5—Notification of the collection of personal information

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) is collecting personal information for the purposes of providing interested stakeholders with updates on the progress of the Independent Review of Australia's domestic commercial vessel safety legislation, and costs and charging arrangements (the Review), in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The Department will use your personal information to provide updates via the registered contact information about each stage of the Review, including information about how you can engage with the Review during each consultation phase, and will store this information securely.

The Department will not disclose your information to any third parties, other than where disclosure is required under law.

The Department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on 02 6274 6495.

In addition to the public submissions below, we would like to acknowledge private submissions made by the following organisations:

  • Maritime Safety Victoria;
  • Western Australian Department of Transport;
  • Seafood and Maritime Training; and
  • Searoad Ferries


Austral Fisheries
Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Australian Institute of Marine Surveyors
Australian Maritime College