Australian International Shipping Register - Australian Government


You will require this registration if you operate a ship in Australian waters for the purpose of international trade.

The purpose of the International Register is to provide an alternative to registering overseas for Australian companies that own or operate ships overseas. Inclusion on the International Register is a discretionary option for owners and operators that are predominantly engaged in international trading.

Please be aware that if your ship is over 24 metres in tonnage length then you must fly the Australian Red Ensign. All other registered ships may fly either the Australian National Flag or the Red Ensign.

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; and
  • Provide identification documentation for the ship, boat or vessel that is either from the last place of registration or the manufacturer (builder's certificate).

You are required to meet specific ownership requirements or provide evidence that the ship is being operated by an Australian entity under a demise charter.

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

Fees are listed on the attached document.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


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