Special Recreational Vessels Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 Public Consultation

We are seeking feedback on the Exposure Draft Special Recreational Vessels Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 to extend the sunset date from 30 June 2023 to 30 June 2025.

Why we want your input

We welcome your views on amendments to the Special Recreational Vessels Act 2019 (SRV Act) to extend the repeal date in section 17 of the SRV Act from 30 June 2023 to 30 June 2025.

How you can voice your opinion

Upload your views using the ‘Have your say’ button below, or email the department directly using the email address provided above the ‘Have your say’ button.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your feedback will help inform the impact of this change on Australian businesses and communities.

The Issue

The Department is currently conducting a public consultation on the Exposure Draft Special Recreational Vessels Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 (the Bill).

The Bill amends the Special Recreational Vessels Act 2019 (SRV Act) to extend the repeal date in section 17 of the Act from 30 June 2023 to 30 June 2025.

Extending the repeal date will ensure that special recreational vessels can continue to opt in to the coastal trading regulatory regime, established by the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012, and obtain temporary licences to operate charters in Australia.

The Office of Impact Analysis has assessed that the proposed amendments are unlikely to have more than a minor regulatory impact on businesses, communities and individuals, and a Regulatory Impact Statement is not required.



The SRV Act was enacted to allow special recreational vessels (also known as superyachts) to opt into the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 (Coastal Trading Act). Special Recreational Vessels are able to apply for and operate under a Temporary Licence, regulated under the Coastal Trading Act. The Temporary Licence allows the SRV to operate for a commercial return within Australia. This also applies to s112 of the Coastal Trading Act, which provides an exemption from importation requirements under the Customs Act 1901.


Relevant Documentation

  1. Exposure Draft Special Recreational Vessels Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 Exposure Draft can be accessed here.
  2. Explanatory Material to the Bill can be accessed here.


02 Mar 2023 09:00 AEDT
09 Mar 2023 23:50 AEDT

We invite you 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 submit your comments via the link below.

Alternatively, you can email your comments to SSPAR@infrastructure.gov.au

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

This consultation is closed.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the department in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act), for the purpose of public consultation on the Exposure Draft – Special Recreational Vessels Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 (the Bill).

Your personal information will be stored securely by the department. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. All submissions will store personal information securely, in alignment with the department's privacy policy, and will only be used for the purpose of drafting the Bill. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other 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 or in the Government's response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • or where required by law.

The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

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 at privacy@infrastructure.gov.au.