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Title:

Assisting commercial and recreational organisations adapt to national maritime safety standards

Project Number:

2015-401

Organisation:

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

Principal Investigator:

Jo-Anne Ruscoe

Project Status:

Completed

FRDC Expenditure:

$79,460.00

Program(s):

People

Need

The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 defines general safety obligations on both the Owner and Master. The Owner has a general safety obligation to implement and maintain a safety management system that ensures that the vessel and the operations of the vessel are, so far as reasonably practicable, safe. The Master also has a general safety obligation aboard the vessel to, so far as reasonably practicable, implement and comply with the safety management system for the vessel and the operations of the vessel. http://www.amsa.gov.au/domestic/vessels-operations-surveys/certificates-of-operation/ The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is rolling out a program of risk management and SMS workshops to help industry meet the National Standard for Commercial Vessels, Part E Operations. A number of other organisation are also delivering SMS training to meet Part E. FRDC recognises that some industry sectors face particular challenges in accessing these programs, possibly due to location, timing, English language proficiency, or sector specific operations. These specific needs may be beyond the scope of these other programs. This funding will complement those programs by addressing these challenges. The Australian Government’s Policy for a More Competitive and Sustainable Fisheries Sector (2013) included a commitment to assist commercial and recreational organisations adapt to National Maritime Safety Standards. Funding is provided by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government to deliver on this commitment.

Objectives

1. Manage funding to help industry meet the National Standard for Commercial Vessels, Part E Operations

Final Report - 2015-401-DLD - Assisting commercial and recreational organisations adapt to national maritime safety standards

Final Report
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Author(s):Jo-Anne Ruscoe
Date Published:May 2017

Principal Investigator: Various. The project supported ten discrete activities across six States.

Key Words: Safety, Safety management system, National standard for commercial vessels, Part E Operations, Training, AMSA, Risk

Summary:

Since 2013 the responsibility for regulating the on-board workplace health and safety (WHS) of domestic ocean-going vessels has progressively moved from a number of State-based agencies to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Changes to the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels, mean that rules for safety requirements will be consistent across all vessels, with new minimum requirements, including the need for a Safety Management System (SMS). For the commercial fishing sector, these requirements needed to be in place by 1 July 2016. While the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) rolled out its program of risk management and SMS workshops to help industry meet the National Standard for Commercial Vessels, Part E Operations, this project recognised that some industry sectors face particular challenges in accessing these programs. These challenges include location, timing, English language proficiency, or sector specific needs for customisation. This project complemented the AMSA program by resourcing industry bodies to engage with small operators, and to address particular challenges of their industry sector or region.
This project, had a further goal beyond assisting industry to meet the new requirements. Working at sea is a high-risk occupation, and the death rate for workers in Australia's (wild-capture) fisheries is 22 times higher than the nation's all-industry average (2010-11). The project aimed to build industry’s commitment to safety and to make safety top of mind in day-to-day operations. By building the capacity of industry bodies to take a lead within their organisations to encourage safety within their membership and/or regions, this project has contributed to this long term goal.