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Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Accountable authority
Members of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Lead Body
Institutional sector classification

Additional annual report requirement in establishing legislation

Outcome #1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.
# Program Body Contribution
1.1 Attorney-General's Department Program 1.1 Attorney-General?s Department

CASA is responsible for regulating the aviation industry. The regulation of industry ensures that aircraft tasked by AMSA are meeting regulatory requirements, which supports operational risk management for responses, and accordingly the corporate risk that AMSA may be exposed to. AMSA is responsible for delivering Australia's commitment to International Civil Aviation Authority's (ICAO) Annex 12 (Search and Rescue), and works with CASA and other aviation agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach. Department of Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW)

1.2 Attorney-General's Department Program 1.2 Attorney-General?s Department

The Attorney General's Department provides high quality legal policy advice to the Australian Government and its entities in relation to national security and criminal justice, protecting and promoting the rule of law and ensuring an effective and efficient Commonwealth criminal justice system, and building a safe and secure Australia. AMSA engages with the Attorney General's Department to obtain expert legal advice and assistance when needed. This advice ensures that AMSA operates within its regulatory remit, and that ongoing operation of AMSA's aids to navigation network is considered within the Commonwealth's response to native title claims. Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

2.6 Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water Program 2.6 Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

DCCEEW works with AMSA to determine the feasibility of recycling clean and segregated waste from international ships at Australian ports and to develop a nationally consistent framework to support this activity in the longer term. This action is identified in the National Waste Action Plan and supports Australia's National Waste Plan to reduce landfill and increase the circular economy. Additionally, activity is undertaken to support the International Maritime Organizations Action Plan to Address Marine Plastic Litter from Ships that identifies the need to improve the effectiveness of port reception facilities in reducing marine plastic litter through the provision of recycling facilities.

1.1 Department of Defence Program 1.1 - Operations Contributing to the Safety of the Immediate Neighbourhood Department of Defence

GBRMPA is the regulator responsible for the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. AMSA supports the ongoing management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) through providing services to enable safer shipping within the reef, such as: aids to navigation, GBR Vessel Traffic Services, emergency response arrangements to minimise maritime pollution incidents (including delivery of a dedicated emergency towage vessel) and regulation of shipping for safety and environmental performance. GBRMPA supports AMSA emergency response functions through provision of resources and subject matter expertise.

2.1 Department of Defence Program 2.1 Strategy, Policy and Industry Department of Defence

DFAT provides funding support to AMSA for delivery of bilateral capacity building programs with Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, along with individual projects across the Indo-Pacific region. DFAT also supports Australia's re-election campaign to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council every two years. Using DFAT funding, this year AMSA contributed AU$200,000 to the IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Committee to support development of Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries, seafarer welfare and women in maritime initiatives. A further AU$50,000 was also donated to the World Maritime University (WMU) Annual Fund to support the work of the organisation. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)

2.14 Department of Defence Program 2.14 Defence Intelligence Department of Defence

AMSA provides advice and direction on the provision of nautical charts and publications to best support maritime safety. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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