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Strategic challenge 2: Delivering the national system for domestic commercial vessel safety

The maritime industry in Australia has undergone one of the most significant periods of regulatory change in 100 years with the creation of a single national system for domestic commercial vessel safety as part of the ‘Seamless National Economy’ agenda.

In July 2013, AMSA became responsible for maritime safety regulation for approximately 22,000 domestic commercial vessels and 66,000 domestic seafarers. From 2013 to June 2018, service delivery was performed by states and territories on AMSA’s behalf under delegated arrangements. In July 2018, AMSA assumed this service delivery role.

In 2018–19 AMSA took on the significant task of data management, consolidating the various state-based data sets into a national data set. Our focus was also on lifting safety standards across the industry in general.