Australian General Shipping Register - Australian Government


You will require this registration if you operate an Australian commercial passenger or cargo vessel, including:

  • Australian owned ships
  • small craft that are wholly owned or solely operated by Australian residents or Australian nationals
  • ships that are on demise charter to Australian based operators.

A demise charter is an arrangement for the hiring of a vessel where no administration or technical maintenance is included as part of the agreement. Please note that:

  • provisional registration is also available
  • if your ship is a commercial vessel over 24 metres in tonnage length then you must fly the Australian Red Ensign
  • other registered ships may fly either the Australian National Flag or the Red Ensign.

Ships less than 24 metres in tonnage length, Government ships, fishing vessels and pleasure craft do not need to be registered. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to receive this registration you must:

  • submit an application providing information about the ship, boat or vessel you are registering
  • provide a declaration of ownership and nationality
  • provide notice of appointment of a registered agent of the ship
  • provide identification documentation for the ship, boat or vessel that is either from the last place of registration or the manufacturer (builder's certificate).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Shipping Registration Act 1981 AG

Regulation(s) name

Shipping Registration Regulations 1981 AG

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Shipping Registration Office

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Shipping Registration Office

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6279 5000