Certificate of Survey - Australian Government


You will need a certificate of survey if you work, construct or own a domestic commercial vessel. All domestic commercial vessels are required under Australian law to meet certain standards.

Certificate of survey is an accreditation that your vessel has been surveyed and meets the relevant standards that apply to your vessel.

Different standards apply to different vessels such as new vessels, existing vessels, heritage vessels and unpowered barge.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • complete any relevant forms and provide evidence required to support the application
  • pay any prescribed fees.

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


If a certificate of survey does not specify a date on which it ceases to be in force, the certificate expires five years after it comes into force.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $378.00 Application for a new certificate of survey
Cancel Application All $214.00

Application to voluntarily suspend a certificate of survey

Renew Application All $37.00

Application to replace a certificate of survey

Renew Renewal All $212.00 Application to renew a certificate of survey

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Fees for Certificate Services (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 503 (Certificates of survey - national law) 2018 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

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:


Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000
Email: shipsafetyreqs@amsa.gov.au