Opt-in Declaration - Australian Government


If you operate a vessel within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) you may apply to opt-in to the regulation of the Navigation Act 2012.

Operators of vessels that have been approved as sea-worthy and registered may receive an opt-in declaration.

Please note that the Agency has advised that this code is called up in Marine Orders - Part 1: Administration.

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

Vessels will be required to maintain class survey and to hold appropriate certification. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority may be required to inspect your vessel ensuring that it complies with the International Safety Management Code.

To be eligible for an opt-in declaration, your vessel must not be:

  • A recreational vessel;
  • A Class 1E vessel;
  • A Class 2D or 2E vessel;
  • A Class 3B, 3C, 3D or 3E vessel; or
  • A Class 4C, 4D or 4E vessel.

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

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Opt-in Declaration Application - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Marine Order 1 (Administration) (Opens in new window)

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

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:


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