Salvage Convention - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this convention if you intend to undertake salvage operations in Australian waters. A salvage operation is any act or activity undertaken to assist a vessel or other property in danger at sea.

Certain parts of the Salvage Convention (Articles 6 to 8, 12 to 19, 21 to 23, 26 and 30) have the force of law in Australia. The salvage convention includes obligations to carry out the operations with due care, and to minimise damage to the environment. It also has rules about payment and rewards for salvage operations and other legal requirements.

Please consult the 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 can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

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Comply All Salvage Convention - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 AG

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 AG

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Marine Environment Division

Contact details

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Marine Environment Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6279 5627
Fax: 02 6279 5056