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Organisational profile

Enabling legislation

As Australia’s national maritime safety regulatory body, we are responsible for the maritime safety of international shipping and domestic commercial vessels, protection of the marine environment from ship-sourced pollution, and search and rescue nationally.

AMSA is a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (AMSA Act), and as a corporate Commonwealth entity it is subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).Appendix 7: Our functions and powersoutlines AMSA’s functions and powers under the AMSA Act.

A list of enabling legislation for AMSA in the areas of vessel operations, registration, marine pollution and levies collection is available on our website.

Significant activities and changes affecting the operations or structure of the entity during the period

Information Technology Services
See Focus area 4.4: Reliable and responsive information technology

New regional office
In August 2019, AMSA opened a new regional office in Coffs Harbour to deliver improved access to services for the maritime sector. The office was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, The Hon Michael McCormack.
There are currently 32 AMSA staff based in the office, with capacity for 50. This compliments our network of regional offices around the country (see Figure 6: Map showing AMSA's presence in Australia).

Structure and location
Following is AMSA’s organisational structure (as at 30 June 2020) and a map showing the agency’s national presence:

AMSA's organisational structure  CEO - Mick Kinley DCEO - Sachi Wimmer General Counsel - Clinton McKenzie Special Counsel - Mary Dean COO - Cherie Enders Manager, Communications - Michelle Heins CFO - Satish Kumar Manager, Governance - Lloyd Dobson Manager, HR - Sarah Queenan CIO - Steve Peddle GM, Standards - Brad Groves Manager, Environmental Standards - Matt Johnston Manager International Engagement - Elisa Boughton Manager Maritime Regulation - Clare East Manager Response Policy - Louise Proctor Manager System Safety - Nick Lemon Manager Vessel Standards Greg Pusey General Manager Response - Mark Morrow Manager Asset Capability - Julian Mitchell Manager Crisis Preparedness and Response - Jamie Storrie Manager Response Centre - Allan Lloyd GM Operations - Allan Schwartz National Operations Manager - Central - Stephen Curry National Operations Manager - Regions - Michael Drake Manager Business Planning and Support - Operations - Evan Boyle Manager, Seafarer Certification Services - Mark Eldon-Roberts Manager Operations - North - Greg Witherall Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration - Alex Schultz-Altmann Manager Operations - South - Wayne Cooper Manager Torres Strait and Coastal Pilotage Manager Operations - West - Reza Vind Manager Vessel Operations - Michelle Grech Manager Enforcement and Inspection Support - David Marsh Manager Vessel Standards Unit - Christopher Barber

Office locations

Figure 6: Map showing AMSA's presence in Australia Map showing the location of AMSA's offices located in Thursday Island, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Mackay, Gladstone, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Sydney, Port Kembla, Canberra, Melbourne, Devonport, Hobart, Adelaide, Fremantle, Geraldton, Karratha, Port Hedland and Darwin

Locations of AMSA offices

Australian Capital Territory


82 Northbourne Avenue

Braddon ACT 2612

New South Wales


Level 5, 260 Elizabeth Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Coff Harbour

Level 2, 28 Gordon Street,

Coff Harbour NSW 2450


8 Cowper Street South

Carrington NSW 2294

Port Kembla

Number 6 Jetty, Christy Drive

Ground Floor, North Wing

Port Kembla Gateway NSW 2505

Northern Territory


Level 1, Unit C107

19 Kitchener Drive, Wharf One

Darwin Waterfront Precinct NT 0820



Level 9, 410 Ann Street

Brisbane QLD 4000

Airlie Beach

Level 1, Office 29

228–230 Shute Harbour Road

Cannonvale QLD 4802


Suite 3, Level 2

88 Abbott Street

Cairns QLD 4870


Level 7, 21 Yarroon Street

Gladstone QLD 4680


Canegrowers building Level 2, 120 Wood Street

Mackay QLD 4740

Thursday Island

Level 1, 80-82 Douglas Street

Thursday Island QLD 4875


Mezzanine Level, Suncorp Tower 61–73 Sturt Street

Townsville QLD 4810

South Australia


Level 2, Customs House 220 Commercial Road

Port Adelaide SA 5015



Level 4, 2–8 Kirksway Place Battery Point

Hobart TAS 7004


Level 1, 35 Oldaker Street

Devonport TAS 7310



Level 3, 655 Collins Street

Docklands VIC 3008

Western Australia


Level 3, 3 Cantonment Street

Fremantle WA 6959


Unit 2, 270 Foreshore Drive

Geraldton WA 6530


The Quarter, Suite 1, Level 3 20 Sharpe Avenue

Karratha WA 6714

Port Hedland

74 Anderson Street

Port Headland WA 6721