Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Section 1: Entity overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

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; and
  • provide, on request, services of a maritime nature on a commercial basis to the Commonwealth and/or states and territories.

AMSA's vision is safe shipping, clean seas and saving lives.

AMSA's outcome statement is to minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

A full outline of AMSA's strategic direction statement can be found in the 2014‑15 Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements).

1.2: Entity resource statement

The Entity resource statement details the resourcing for AMSA at Additional Estimates. Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources for the 2014‑15 Budget year, including variations through Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4 and special appropriations.

Table 1.1: Entity resource statement—Additional estimates for 2014‑15 as at Additional Estimates February 2015

1.3: Entity measures table

Table 1.2 summarises new Government measures taken since the 2014‑15 Budget. The table shows expense measures, with the affected programme identified.

Table 1.2: Agency 2013‑14 measures since Budget

There have been no measures taken since the 2014‑15 Budget for AMSA.

1.4: Additional estimates and variations

Table 1.3 summarises variations to appropriations since the 2014‑15 Budget.

Table 1.3: Variations to appropriations

The increase in 2014‑15 relates to funding for AMSA's Community Service Obligation search and rescue response activities. The increased funding will eliminate the previous operating deficit for this activity.

1.5: Breakdown of additional estimates by appropriation bill

The following tables detail the additional estimates sought for AMSA through Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4.

Table 1.4: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2014‑15

Table 1.5: Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013‑14

AMSA is not seeking additional appropriation through Appropriation Bill (No. 4).

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