Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 - Queensland


The object of this Act is to establish a regime which will regulate the maritime industry to ensure marine safety and (at the same time) increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the maritime industry and its administration in Queensland.

The Act applies to all ships connected with Queensland or in Queensland waters (except where provisions of the Navigation Act 1912 (Commonwealth) apply).

The Act imposes safety obligations and provides for the making of standards and regulations on marine safety.

It also provides for the registration of ships, the licensing of ships masters and crew and the accreditation of ship designers, ship builders and marine surveyors.

It further provides for the appointment of harbour masters and shipping inspectors, sets out their powers and functions and prescribes the procedures to be followed when a marine incident occurs.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Commercial and Fishing Ships Miscellaneous Equipment) Standard 2006
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Designing and Building Commercial and Fishing Ships) Standard 2006
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Accreditation as Ship Designer, Ship Builder and Marine Surveyor) Standard 2006
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Recreational Ships Miscellaneous Equipment) Standard 2006
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Bareboat Ships) Standard 2007
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Hire and Drive Ships) Standard 2007
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Parasailing) Standard 2007
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Examining and Training Program Approvals (Recreational Ships and Personal Watercraft)) Standard 2007
  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety Examining and Training (Commercial and Fishing Ships)) Standard 2007

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • Queensland Recreation Boating and Fishing Guide 2011-2012
  • BoatSafe Workbook Edition 4
  • Commercial and Fishing Ships Operational Handbook Second Edition
  • Safety Management System and Diary and Log
  • Small Ships Manual Edition 6
  • Beacon to Beacon Edition 8


  • Licensing Registration and Safety Equipment
  • Dont go overboard overloading your boat
  • Marine Communications
  • Ride Smart(PWC)
  • Waterskiing & Freshwater Boating
  • Collision rules & buoys, marks & beacons
  • Marine Pollution
  • Freshwater Boating.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Shipping inspectors appointed under the Act have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act.

Harbour masters also have powers to issue and carry out directions to ensure compliance with the Act.

Fines may be imposed for breaches of the legislation. Indictable offences are prosecuted in a Magistrates Court and may result in fines or imprisonment.

Licences, registrations and accreditations may be suspended or cancelled under procedures prescribed by regulation.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An appeal may be made to a District Court against a decision relating to:

  • the registration of a ship;
  • a certificate of compliance or survey for a ship;
  • licensing or accreditation of persons under the Act.

Appeals may be made to a Magistrates Court against other decisions although certain decisions cannot be appealed or reviewed.

In the event that a matter cannot be resolved at a regional level, it should be referred to the Manager, Policy Implementation and Support on telephone (07) 3120 7354.

Administering agency

Maritime Safety Queensland

Safety Standards Branch

Contact details

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Safety Standards Branch

Maritime Safety Queensland

Operating address: Level 22, Mineral House, 41 George Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 2595
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3120 7360
Fax: 07 3120 7356
Website: Maritime Safety Queensland (Opens in new window)