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 design, construction, stability and equipment standards.

A 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.

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 for this certificate you must:

  • pay any fees relevant to your vessel and application
  • make sure your vessel complies with the Uniform Shipping Laws code (USL code)
  • make sure your vessel has been inspected for compliance requirements under the USL code and that these requirements have been satisfied.


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.


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Fees are listed on the attached document.

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

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