To ensure standards are fit for purpose for the domestic industry, the Australian Maritime Authority (AMSA) is reviewing its approach to setting standards. For this reason, in August 2019, AMSA will be consulting with individual stakeholders, focusing on those who have regular, direct interaction with the technical standards.
AMSA is responsible for developing and maintaining the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV), which is the contemporary technical standard for domestic commercial vessels.
To make sure that the standards remain fit for purpose for the domestic industry, it will review its approach to establishing standards. The review will analyse the development, format and communication of the standards, and not the technical content.
“We know that there are a mixed range of views on how the standards could be clearer and more user-friendly, which we want to explore further”, AMSA said.
So, during August 2019, AMSA will be consulting with certain individual stakeholders, with a special focus on those who have regular, direct interaction with the technical standards as previously stated, which may include boat designers/builders, fleet managers, accredited marine surveyors and industry associations.
However, the noted that it does not plan to proceed to changes to the technical requirements to the NSCV outside of its published regulatory program.