AMSA – Proposed Levy Changes

For owners and operators of unpowered hire and drive vessels

In the 2016 consultation—Cost recovery for services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety—it was proposed to exempt unpowered class 4 hire-and-drive vessels (such as kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and small sailing vessels) from the national system levy. Subsequent to those proposals, and based on further work, it is now proposed that these vessels be included in the levy scheme.

Further to this consultation, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has this week released the draft levy legislative instruments, or rules.

These rules set out the domestic commercial vessels that will be required to pay a levy, the amount of the levy payable and the schedule of fees for certificates and other related services.

The Department welcomes written submissions on the draft legislative instruments by Monday 30 April 2018. The consultation timeframe is necessary to ensure arrangements can be in place by 1 July 2018.

Visit the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website to find out more.

Please note: the consultation is not intended to determine the level of services or the scope of the levy under these instruments. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) initial service offering and charging arrangements under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety have been agreed by the Australian Government and are consistent with the Australian Government Charging Framework.

The levy for the national system will be phased in gradually to allow time for industry to adjust and prepare for the changes. Details on the subsidised levy charges are outlined on AMSA’s website.

Advice provided by the Australian Government; Australian Maritime Safety Authority