The majority of AIMPE members working on vessels are covered by Federal legislation. There is a vast array of laws in place but here are some of the more important laws which members may find useful. To check on all current Federal legislation visit: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Home
Since 2012 the Federal Navigation Act applies principally to international trading vessels. This legislation adopts IMO Conventions such as SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW and CollRegs. It also applies the Maritime Labour Convention which is of most importance to visiting foreign seafarers. Interstate trading ships can opt to be covered by the Navigation Act.
Navigation Act 2012
Marine Order 72
Most commercial vessels in Australia have been covered by the Domestic Commercial Vessels Act since 2012:
Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessels) Act 2012
Marine Order 505
Coastal Trading Act 2012
Coastal_Trading_Act_2012.pdf (616.09 KB)
Shipping Register Act 2012
Shipping Reform Taxation Incentives Act 2012
Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
OHS and Compensation Legislation
Members working on vessels which used to be covered by the old Navigation Act 1912 are covered by the Seacare scheme - however this has been an area of on-going dispute.Furthermore there was a proposal in 2015 to merge the Seacare scheme into the Federal Government's Comcare scheme. For now the following legislation still applies:
Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) 1993
Most AIMPE members who are working in Australia are covered by the Federal Fair Work Act. This legislation governs Enterprise Bargaining, Enterprise Agreements and Unfair Dismissals among other things.
Fair Work Act 2009
AIMPE is registered under Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act which sets down the requires for trade union rules, financial accounts, elections and related matters.
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009