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Section 1 : 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".

AMSA's mission statement: "AMSA is committed to continuous improvement in provision of its safety, environment protection and search and rescue services and maintaining constructive relations with our stakeholders in government, industry and the community."

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