Transfer of national system services—timeline
From June 2018, state and territory marine safety agencies will begin transferring national system services to AMSA. A four-week timeline of key activities is available on the AMSA website.
Please note you should keep sending your applications to the relevant maritime safety agency until the end of June.
Maritime safety services—we’re getting ready to do business
From 1 July 2018, going to amsa.gov.au will be the easiest and quickest way to do business. You will be able to apply, renew and pay for certificates of survey and operation plus access a range of other services including exemptions, equivalent compliance and permits—at a time that suits you.
If you need to talk to someone, our AMSA Connect customer service centre will be open from 8 am to 5 pm weekdays on 1800 627 484.
AMSA offices located in 19 key regional areas will have staff on hand to provide technical advice, help you develop your safety management systems and assist you with new processes and systems following the transition of services.
Australia Post shops in 110 locations around the country will also be ready to take applications and payments for certificates of competency.
A service locator map showing the locations of AMSA offices and participating Australia Post shops open from July is now available.
Survey changes—what you need to know
From 1 July 2018, all domestic commercial vessels that are required to have a certificate of survey will need to be surveyed in line with:
How these changes affect you will vary depending on:
- your vessel
- whether you hold a current certificate
- when your certificate is due for renewal
- if you have recently made an application
- if you have other approvals or exemptions in place.
Commencing in June 2018, we will begin contacting vessel owners who hold a certificate of survey directly by mail to let them know what these changes mean.
We will also be issuing you with an updated schedule to your certificate that will outline your new survey frequency category and new survey dates.
National system certificates—valid until expiry date
All current certificates obtained through your local marine safety agency will remain valid until the expiry date listed on the certificate. You will not need to apply for a new certificate through AMSA until it is due for renewal.