We have released a new Compliance and Enforcement Policy to reflect major reforms in maritime legislation due to come into effect this year.
We will soon become the national regulator for domestic commercial vessel safety and, with the new Navigation Act 2012 and the introduction of the Australian International Shipping Register, there was a requirement for the existing compliance and enforcement measures to be updated.
The policy outlines how we will use the powers under our respective maritime legislation to achieve our objective to ensure the safety of Australia’s maritime activities and the protection of our marine environment. It lets the community and the industry know how we will enforce laws and standards to manage safety and environmental risks.
While not resulting in any immediate changes to current practices, the Compliance and Enforcement Policy may impact seafarers, commercial vessel owners and operators, coastal pilots, surveyors and the vessel construction industry, and they are encouraged to view the policy on our website.