Marine enforcement policy
Under the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) (MSA), one of Maritime Safety Victoria's responsibilities is to develop and implement a state-wide Marine Enforcement Policy (MEP) to guide marine safety compliance and enforcement activities across Victoria. This policy gives effect to that responsibility.
Historically, Maritime Safety Victoria and its predecessors had responsibility for safety regulation of both commercial vessel operations and recreational boating. However, with the commencement of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (the National System) on 1 July 2013, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has assumed responsibility for the safety regulation of Victoria's commercial vessel fleet, through the administration and enforcement of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012(Cth) (the National Law).
Therefore, commercial vessel safety regulation (in relation to vessel and operator certifications) is outside the scope of this policy which is primarily focused on compliance and enforcement of regulatory obligations relating to recreational boating, navigational safety and port safety.
This document sets out:
- the purpose and scope of the MEP, including relevant legislation and the parties responsible for administering it
- the roles of the parties involved in marine safety compliance and enforcement
- an overall approach to compliance and enforcement, including general enforcement principles, a graduated and integrated approach to compliance and enforcement as well as guidance on when particular marine safety regulatory tools under the MSA and Transport (Safety Schemes Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2014 (Vic) may be used.