The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the national regulator of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety. You can learn about proposed changes and subscribe to monthly updates by visiting their website.
State and territory marine safety agencies are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the national system under delegation from AMSA. In South Australia Marine Services are the first point of call for domestic seafarer enquiries.
On 1 July 2017 AMSA will assume responsibility for the full range of day-to-day operational services to the Domestic Commercial Vessel industry, nationally.
On 15 August 2016 AMSA commenced consultation on cost recovery for services under the National System, and will continue this consultation until 10 October 2016. You can submit your feedback on what the changes mean to you by completing an online submission.
AMSA will be holding a number of face to face question sessions in South Australia during September 2016. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, you must register online. You are also encouraged to submit your feedback on the proposed national fees and levy options to AMSA.
Anyone crewing domestic commercial vessels in Australia must hold the appropriate certificate of competency, which ensures that they are competent and medically fit for their assigned tasks and areas of operation.
South Australian Marine Services issues the following 'Near Coastal' (NC) Certificates of Competency:
You can apply for a certificate from a marine safety agency in any state or territory. State and territory certificates issued before 1 July 2013 were mapped as equivalent certificates under the Near Coastal Certificate structure to bring holders into the national system.
Effective 1 July 2016
|General Purpose Hand NC||$137.00||No Fee||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Coxswain Grade 2 NC||$330.00||$50.00||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Coxswain Grade 1 NC||$511.00||$153.00||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Master (Inland Waters)||$638.00||$253.00||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Master <24 m NC||$764.00||$253.00||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Master <35 m NC||$871.00||$332.00||N/A||$137.00||$71.00|
|Mate <80 m NC||$871.00||$332.00||N/A||$137.00||$71.00|
|Master <80 m NC||$887.00||$388.00||N/A||$137.00||$71.00|
|Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC||$358.00||$106.00||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC||$590.00||$132.00||$86.00||N/A||$71.00|
|Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 NC||$662.00||$203.00||N/A||$137.00||$71.00|
|Engineer Class 3 NC||$781.00||$332.00||N/A||$137.00||$71.00|
The Government of South Australia is responsible for managing local waterways, including pilotage.
In South Australia, a vessel 35 metres or more in length must not be navigated within a 'prescribed area' (compulsory pilotage area) unless:
If a vessel is navigated in contravention of these requirements, the owner and the master are each guilty of an offence.
South Australian Marine Services issues:
Effective 1 July 2016
|Pilotage Exemption Certificate||$607.00||$302.00||$58.00|
|Pilot Licence||No fee||N/A||No fee|
13 Kateena Street
Regency Park SA 5010
Office hours - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday
PO Box 2526
Regency Park SA 5942
Phone - 1300 885 793
Fax - 8115 5536
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
For domestic commercial vessel enquiries, see Certificates of survey and operation.