Australian General Shipping Register - Australian Government


You will require this registration if you operate a vessel that is 24 metres or more in tonnage length and its purpose is to earn income by way of cargo, passengers or other services.

Please note that:

  • all vessels undertaking overseas voyages must be registered
  • 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.

Registration of a vessel on this general register provides legally and internationally recognisable nationality to your ship, and Australian protection on the high seas and in foreign ports.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for 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).




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2664.00

For a commercial ship 24 metres or more in tonnage length. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $3996.00

For a foreign-owned ship on demise charter to an Australian based operator. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1554.00

For a recreational craft, fishing vessel, government ship, or ships less than 24 metres in tonnage length. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Shipping Registration Act 1981 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Shipping Registration Regulations 2019 Australian Government

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.