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Section 1 : Agency Overview


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (AMSA Act), with the primary role to:

  • promote maritime safety and protection of the marine environment

  • prevent and combat ship-sourced pollution in the marine environment

  • provide infrastructure to support safety of navigation in Australian waters

  • provide a national search and rescue service to the maritime and aviation sectors

  • provide, on request, services to the maritime industry on a commercial basis

  • provide, on request, services of a maritime nature on a commercial basis to the Commonwealth and/or States and Territories.

AMSA contributes primarily to the portfolio Outcome 1 of: Fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system.

AMSA's vision is: "To be a superior provider of maritime safety, marine environment protection, and maritime and aviation search and rescue".


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