Seminar demystifies national approach to boating changes

A SEMINAR to demystify new commercial qualifications and standards for boat operators will be held in Gladstone late this week.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) Domestic Vessel Division will hold a consultation session on Friday about the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels which came into effect on July 1.

AMSA spokesperson David Marsh said there was now one country-wide system for qualifications and standards for commercial operators.

He said the consultation sessions would help improve the system for industry to comply with domestic vessel safety requirements.

"Since the national system came into effect AMSA has identified areas that could be improved," Mr Marsh said.

"AMSA wants to make it easier and cheaper for the industry to comply with domestic vessel safety requirements.

"This is part of the Federal Government's deregulation agenda which seeks to reduce the regulatory burden on business and the community while maintaining standards for safety."

Mr Marsh said Australia did not have a one-fit approach to managing maritime safety.

"Each and every state and territory has a different approach to safety management and AMSA wants to improve vessel safety by giving operators the best tools to develop and implement safety management, with less regulation and red tape," he said.

"The aim is to avoid duplication and AMSA wants feedback from commercial vessel operators."

The session will be held at the Leo Zussino Building Theatrette, CQ University, from 2pm to 5pm.

The session is one 24 being held across the country

It will seek operators' views on the best way to simplify domestic commercial vessel rules.

The review follows a Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure decision to streamline the national system and make safety simpler in the regulatory environment, with national consistency.



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