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Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Section 1: Agency Overview and Resources; Variations and Measures


The role of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) remains unchanged from that specified in the 2006-07 PBS.

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Total appropriation and other receipts to be received by AMSA in 2006-07 are $103.5m, comprising

  • $50.9m in special appropriations representing levies collected from the shipping industry to fund AMSA's ship safety and environment protection functions and appropriated under Section 48 of the AMSA Act as special appropriations
  • $39.2m as an annual departmental appropriation for provision of AMSA's search and rescue coordination functions
  • $8.6m as an annual administered appropriation to cover the cost to AMSA of responding to search and rescue incidents (mainly comprising aircraft/helicopter hire)
  • $4.6m in departmental revenue from independent sources, including $2.3m from fees and charges for providing a range of marine services and $2.2m from interest, and
  • $0.2m departmental capital (equity injections).

AMSA's administered and departmental appropriations and other receipts in 2006-07 have increased overall by $2.4m since Budget. This is primarily as a result of additional administered appropriation required to fund the higher hourly operating costs of AMSA's new turbine engine dedicated search and rescue aircraft (including increased fuel costs) compared to the hourly rate for previously hired piston engine aircraft, and a capital adjustment for unfunded creditors.

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Table 1.1: Summary of measures disclosed since the 2006-07 Budget

There were no measures disclosed for AMSA since the 2006-07 Budget.

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Table 1.2: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2006-07

Table 1.3: Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2006-07

Table 1.4: Variations to Appropriations

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Table 1.5 provides details of other receipts available to be used and include CAC body receipts that are available to be spent and resources received free of charge. These estimates are exclusive of GST and include receipts from cost recovery arrangements within AMSA.

Table 1.5: Other receipts available to be used1

AMSA may make determinations fixing charges for its services under section 47 of the AMSA Act, which requires these charges to be reasonably related to the costs incurred. AMSA provides a range of marine services for which it makes a charge based on the average cost of delivering a specific service or the time taken to deliver the service multiplied by a standard hourly rate. Charges may also include waiting time, travelling expenses and cancellation fees associated with particular services.

AMSA marine services include: fee-for-service inspection of ship design, cargo, and ships' safety equipment and reinspection of ships for rectification of deficiencies identified in port State control inspections; activities involved with issuing qualifications (certificates of competency) to seafarers (conducting oral practical examinations for navigating and engineering officers and assessing sea time prerequisites for qualifications); issuing and renewing coastal pilot licences; and services provided by the Shipping Registration Office.

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Table 1.6: Estimates of expenses from special appropriations

AMSA is largely self-funded through three levies on the commercial shipping industry corresponding to its marine safety, regulatory and environment protection services:

  • The Marine Navigation Levy is imposed under the Marine Navigation Levy Act 1989 and Marine Navigation Levy Collection Act 1989 and funds maintenance and management of Australia's national network of aids to navigation for commercial shipping
  • The Regulatory Functions Levy is imposed under the Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Act 1991 and Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Collection Act 1991 and funds the regulation and surveillance of the shipping industry to ensure seaworthiness and safe operation of vessels in Australian waters and enhancing maritime safety and environment protection standards
  • The Protection of the Sea Levy is imposed under the Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy) Act 1981 and Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy Collection) Act 1981 and funds the operation of Australia's National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and Other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and is intended to fund the full cost of the Australian Government's National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements (NMERA).

The Australian Government receives levy payments from the shipping industry imposed by the levy legislation and these funds are appropriated under Section 48 of the AMSA Act as special appropriations.

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Table 1.7: Estimates of special account flows

AMSA does not maintain special accounts.

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Administered capital

The total appropriation for administered capital to be received by AMSA in 2006-07 is $0.027m. The capital figure relates to a cash injection to fund accrual expenses and creditors on hand at the end of the 2005 06 financial year.

Departmental Equity Injections

The total appropriation for departmental equity injections to be received by AMSA in 2006-07 is $0.1m. The equity injections relate to the ongoing measures in the 2005-06 Budget to strengthen AMSA's search and rescue capability, in particular improved technology systems supporting AMSA's enhanced search and rescue capability.

1The amounts in this table may differ from the amounts shown as revenue from other sources at Tables 2.1, which reports accrued revenues, as opposed to Table 1.5, which reports cash receipts.

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