Safety of Life at Sea - SOLAS Convention - Australian Government


Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, is the international maritime convention concerning maritime safety.

You must comply with this convention if you are the operator of a Regulated Australian Vessel, or if you are the operator of a foreign vessel that is:

  • 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.

It sets out the minimum standards to be met concerning:

  • structure
  • subdivision
  • stability
  • machinery
  • electrical installations
  • fire protection
  • fire detection
  • fire extinction.

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.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2009 - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

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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