Safety of Life at Sea - SOLAS Convention - Australian Government

Service summary

Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, is the international maritime convention concerning maritime safety.

You must comply with this convention if you are the operator of a Regulated Australian Vessel, or if you are the operator of a foreign vessel that is;

  • In an Australian port; or
  • Entering or leaving an Australian port; or
  • In the internal waters of Australia; or
  • In the territorial sea of Australia, other than in the course of innocent passage.

It sets out the minimum standards to be met concerning:

  • Structure;
  • Subdivision;
  • Stability;
  • Machinery;
  • Electrical installations;
  • Fire protection;
  • Fire detection; and
  • Fire extinction.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Navigation Safety & International Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Navigation Safety & International Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO Box 2181
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

02 62795664

Fax:

02 62795966

Supporting information

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