AMSA Updates

AMSA Updates

Recreational Use Exemptions

Posted on 28.06.2018

Extension to Exemption 04 (recreational use) until 30 June 2020

Under Exemption 4, a domestic commercial vessel is exempt from complying with conditions on its certificate of operation when used recreationally. This exemption has been extended until 30 June 2020.

Minor editorial changes have been made to clarify the conditions, however there is no change in policy.

If the vessel is greater than 12 metres, you must obtain approval from AMSA to operate under Exemption 04.

Extension to Exemption 39 (lifejacket lights) until 30 June 2020

Under Exemption 39, owners of Class 1C passenger vessels (restricted offshore operations) will continue to be exempt from requiring a light on passenger’s lifejackets (that complies with National Standard for Commercial Vessel (NSCV) Part C7A – safety equipment) until 30 June 2020.

From 1 July 2018, you will have one system to navigate.

ou’ll get your certificates of survey and operation and crew qualification from us instead of your local marine safety agency.

You will also access a range of other maritime services including permits, exemptions, and equivalent means of compliance.

As well as new services, you may experience other changes depending on your type of operation or the work you do.


New operational safety requirements

On 1 July 2018, the new Marine Order 504 (Certificates of operation and operation requirements – national law) Marine Order 504 will commence.

The changes to arrangements include:

  • incorporating technical standards into Marine Order 504 (NSCV Part E Operations and the operational requirements of NSCV Part F Special Vessels)
  • clarifying appropriate crewing requirements for domestic commercial vessels
  • incorporating two general exemptions (Exemption 28 and Exemption 09) on crewing will also be incorporated into Marine Order 504 to further reduce the complexity of the regulatory framework
  • ending transitional arrangements for operational requirements will end from 1 July 2018, with the exception of crewing (which remains ‘grandfathered’ for existing vessels)
  • clarifying crewing arrangements and replacing ‘core complement’ with a simpler concept of ‘minimum crewing’
  • simplifying operational requirements, including linkages to the requirement to have a safety management system
  • minor or editorial changes to align language in the marine order with the National Law and State and Territory Work Health and Safety laws.


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