Australia’s Navigation Act of 1912 will be replaced by modern guidelines and Australian Maritime Safety Authority to become the sole regulator of shipping in Australian waters.
Archaic maritime safety laws to go
Century old maritime safety laws will be replaced with more modern guidelines and a new national agency in charge of Australian shipping regulations after new laws passed federal parliament.
The coalition backed a package of legislation to regulate ship and seafarer safety, shipboard aspects of environmental protection and employment rights.
It will replace the Navigation Act of 1912 and make the Australian Maritime Safety Authority the sole regulator of shipping in Australian waters, replacing eight federal, state and territory regulators.
The Navigation Bill 2012, the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 and two related bills passed the Senate on Thursday on the voices.
The bills now await Royal Assent.