Review of Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Legislation—Phase 2—Costs and Charging Arrangements

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 Review Panel is considering the costs of delivering the National System under the National Law and options for future funding arrangements.

How you can voice your opinion

Upload or email your submission by 27 January 2023. A consultation aid is available below.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your input will help inform phase two of the review, including a draft costs and charging report and a final 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 is being conducted in two phases. The first focused 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 2. The key issues are:

  • What are the efficient and effective costs of delivering the National System?
  • What are the delivery cost challenges and opportunities for the DCV industry and AMSA under the National System?
  • What are the options for potential future industry charges and the relative merits of those options?
  • What are the charging challenges and opportunities including implementation challenges and opportunities to support safety outcomes?

Relevant documentation

The Independent Review Panel has prepared a Phase 2 Consultation Aid to assist you with making a submission.


28 Nov 2022 09:00 AEDT
27 Jan 2023 23:59 AEDT

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.

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Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Review of Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Legislation

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information for the purposes of the Review of Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Legislation and costs and charging arrangements in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated Domestic Commercial Vessels and will store this information securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the review.

The department will not disclose information to third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the department's website unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including the author's name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

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  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister
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