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National system for domestic commercial vessel safety – Information to common questions attached!

On 1 July 2018, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) started delivering domestic commercial vessel services creating one national system to navigate.

For those who work in the domestic commercial vessel industry this means one set of rules to follow, one point of contact for services and one set of fees – no matter where you operate in Australia.

Going to AMSA’s website ( is the quickest and easiest way to do business with AMSA. New online forms are available to guide you through the application and payment process and you can do this at any time that suits you. There is also a range of self-service tools and resources to help you keep up to date with safety standards and requirements.

AMSA has teams in four locations in Western Australia who are on hand to support you with new processes and systems and give you technical advice about vessel and operations safety requirements. If you want to visit AMSA in person, you are encouraged to phone in advance so they can make sure they have the technical staff available to answer your questions.

There are also 18 Australia Post Offices around the state where you can lodge and pay for your certificate of competency renewals. The relevant form – AMSA 426 – can be found on AMSA’s website and will guide you through what is required.

Click Here to view a short document provided by AMSA that provides further information and clarifications following common questions they have been receiving since transition in July, including:

  • Certificates of survey and reduced survey regime
  • Certificate of operation and safety management systems
  • Displaying unique vessel identifiers
  • Contact/helpline details