Guidelines for Voyage Planning - Australian Government


You must comply with these guidelines if you are the operator of a vessel that is one or more of the following:

  • in an Australian port
  • entering or leaving an Australian port
  • in the internal waters of Australia
  • in the territorial sea of Australia, other than in the course of innocent passage.

The guidelines to be adhered to are:

  • guidelines for voyage planning
  • guidelines for ships operating in polar waters
  • participation of ships in weather routeing services
  • participation in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) voluntary observing ships (VOS) scheme
  • guidelines on voyage planning for passenger ships operating in remote areas
  • guidelines for ships operating in Arctic ice-covered waters.

These guidelines set out the minimum requirements for planning a safe navigational route.

Please consult the Agency Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Navigation Safety and International Division

Contact details

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Navigation Safety and International 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