Request an internal review

Eligible persons may apply for an internal review of a decision we make. This page provides an overview of the review process.

Please note: a separate procedure exists for internal reviews of maritime safety infringement notices.

What is an internal review?

An internal review is when Maritime Safety Victoria or a delegate conducts a review of a decision made by the Safety Director or a maritime safety officer (MSO).

Decisions that may be subject to review include:

  • Serving of and/or amending an improvement notice
  • Serving of and/or amending a prohibition notice
  • Certifying that requirements of an improvement or prohibition notice have been complied with, or remedied.

The MSO's decision may be suspended while the review is taking place.

An internal review may result in a MSO's decision being:

  • Affirmed
  • Varied
  • Set aside and substituted with another more appropriate decision.

Who can apply for an internal review?

A person directly affected by an MSO's decision is an 'eligible person' and can apply for an internal review. For example, you would count as an 'eligible person' if you have been served with an improvement or prohibition notice.

The following table provides a summary of reviewable decisions with a list of people eligible to apply for a review of that decision.

Provision under which reviewable decision is made

Eligible person in relation to reviewable decision

Section 33 - forfeiture of seized thing

The person entitled to the thing.

Section 50 - Service of improvement notice

The person on whom the improvement notice is served.

Section 59 - Extension of time for compliance with improvement notice

The person on whom the improvement notice is served.

Section 54 - Amendment of improvement notice

The person served with the improvement notice that is being amended.

Section 56 - Clearance certificate to the effect that all or any specified requirements of improvement notice have been complied with

The person on whom the improvement notice was served.

Section 60 - Service of prohibition notice

The person on whom the prohibition notice is served.

Section 64 - Amendment of prohibition notice

The person served the prohibition notice that is being amended.

Section 66 - Certificate that prohibition notice matters have been remedied

The person served the prohibition notice.

Section 71 - Service of non-disturbance notice

The person on whom a non-disturbance notice is served.

Section 74 - Service of subsequent non-disturbance notice

The person on whom a subsequent non-disturbance notice is served.

Section 91(2) - Direction to stop, alter or not to commence work

The person given a direction to stop, alter or not commence work.

Application process

If you want to apply for an internal review, please submit the Application for Internal Review – Stay of Review form and supporting information.

You must apply for a review within 28 days of becoming aware of the decision in question.

Applying for a 'stay'

To apply for a 'stay' or suspension of the decision while it is being reviewed you must contact us.

  • During business hours, contact the relevant Branch by calling 1800 223 022.
  • Outside business hours you must contact the TSV Duty Officer on 1800 301 151.

A decision regarding the stay will be made within 24 hours and you will be notified of the outcome.

Next steps

After receiving an application for a review, we will contact the applicant to discuss next steps, including the expected timeframe for completion.

External review

An eligible person may also be able to apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for an external review of a decision. Contact VCAT for details of this process.