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.