Consultation: Declaration of local knowledge waters in Victoria

30 May 2016

The Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) outlines the local knowledge certification scheme and details its application to masters of domestic commercial vessels.

In 2014, Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV), a branch of Transport Safety Victoria (TSV), committed to a comprehensive and state wide review of the local knowledge framework applicable to Victorian waters. The decision to review local knowledge was made recognizing that many aspects of the framework were outdated and some parts of the system had never been effectively exercised.  This commitment was further strengthened as a result of recommendations made by the Coroner following a recent coronial inquest.

You are invited to make comments in relation to the options posed in the paper, including any suggestions on other ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the local knowledge certification scheme in Victoria.

Submissions can be made by email to: information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au or by mail to:

Transport Safety Victoria

PO Box 2797

Melbourne

VIC  3001

The submission period ends on 30 June 2016.

MSV will use submissions to inform its final decision on the declaration of local knowledge certification required waters for publishing in the Victorian Government Gazette.

Download: Review of the declaration of local knowledge waters in Victoria DOC 571KB

Download: Discussion paper: review of the declaration of local knowledge waters in Victoria PDF 361KB