Changes to maritime security regulation

Two amendments to the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 and Regulations came into force in 2016.

  • From 30 June 2016, port service providers (operators of lighters, barges, line handling boats, pilotage services and tugs) will no longer need to have an approved maritime security plan in place.
  • From 10 August 2016, most ships engaged solely on domestic inter-state voyages will no longer be required to have an approved ship security plan.

What does this mean?

Approved security plans of Australian flagged ships and port service providers will remain in place until cancelled by the operator and the Department, or their plan expires. Port and port facility operators who presently interact with these operations may need to make changes to their maritime security plans.

Need help understanding these changes?

Frequently asked questions are now available:

If you have any further questions, please contact your local Office of Transport Security office.