Marine safety legislation

The Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) provide for safe marine operations in Victoria. The Act and Regulations commenced on 1 July 2012.

The Act and Regulations set out a range of requirements, including:

  • A framework to ensure recreational vessels are fit for purpose and those who operate them are properly skilled
  • Safety duties for persons and parties responsible for marine safety
  • Penalties and regulatory tools to address non-compliance with marine safety legislation and waterway rules.


Recreational boating fees related to vessels, marine licences and endorsements; as well as commercial fees for local knowledge certificates and pilotage, are included in the Marine Safety (Fees) Regulations 2021.

Transport safety officers

Transport safety officer powers are allowed for in the Transport (Safety Schemes Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2014 (Vic)

Port management

Port Management Act 1995

Safety duties of port management bodies and local port managers are outlined in the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic)

Vessel Operating and Zoning Rules

The Vessel Operating and Zoning Rules (VOZR) contain the general and local rules in place for Victorian waterways. The rules are designed to provide a safe operating environment and reflect local conditions.

National maritime safety regulator

On 1 July 2013, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) became the national regulator for domestic commercial vessels and is responsible for administering the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (national system).

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