Centre for Maritime Safety Partners
Partners of the Centre for Maritime Safety include a range of government, industry and community stakeholders across Australia and internationally.
They assist in consultation, planning and review of policy and legislation to improve boating safety and waterway access and infrastructure.
Their engagement includes roles on advisory groups, coordination of events and the provision of expert advice.
Maritime Advisory Council
The Maritime Advisory Council was Established under the Ports and Maritime Administration Act to advise the Minister for Transport.
Members of the Council are appointed by the Minister for their expertise across one or more of the recreational boating, commercial vessel and maritime property sectors. Members are appointed for their expertise as individuals, rather than as representatives of organisations.
The current Council was appointed in August 2020. Members are:
- Darren Vaux (Chair)
- Ian Dawson
- Phillip Pitt
- Ryan Carmichael
- Shannon O'Brien
- John Barbouttis
- Adam Smith
- Anthony Haworth
- Janice Thurgar
- Alex Barrell
Expert Maritime advisory groups have been established to provide advice to the Centre for Maritime Safety and Transport for NSW on a range of maritime issues. These groups also consider matters referred by the Maritime Advisory Council.
Maritime Property Advisory Group (MPAG)
The MPAG was established to provide advice and expertise to the Centre for Maritime Safety and Transport for NSW on maritime property matters. Membership is drawn from experts from the maritime property sector.
Recreational Vessel Advisory Group (RVAG)
The Recreational Vessels Advisory Group (RVAG) was established to provide advice and expertise to the Centre for Maritime Safety (CMS) and Transport for NSW on recreational boating matters. This may include issues referred to it by the Maritime Advisory Council.
Membership is made up of boating industry representatives including the Boating Industry Association (BIA), recreational user groups, Marine Area Command, Surf Life Saving NSW, recreational fishers and Marine Rescue NSW.
Commercial Vessels Advisory Group (CVAG)
The CVAG was established to provide advice and expertise to the Centre for Maritime Safety and Transport for NSW on commercial vessel matters.
Membership is made up of a representative cross-section of NSW’s commercial vessels industry and provides a forum to review issues facing the industry, changes to legislation, maritime initiatives and to examine measures that will foster a safe, responsible and competitive environment in NSW.
Maritime Advisory Council terms of reference 2020 (PDF, 469.99 KB)
Maritime Advisory Council minutes November 2020 (PDF, 177.94 KB)
Australian Recreational Boating Safety Committee (ARBSC)
The ARBSC aims to improve recreational boating safety.
The establishment of ARBSC will make sure the valuable work in the area of recreational boating safety is continued at a national level, particularly in relation to:
- national recreational boating incident data collection
- analysis of data to identify risks to recreational boating safety
- assessment of the causes and impact of marine safety incidents
- development of effective national responses to identified risks and impacts
- development of uniform approaches to standards, policies and procedures
- development and implementation of targeted national safety campaigns.
Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG)
ANZSBEG aims to identify national safe boating issues and suggests coordinated solutions.
The group was established in 1994 following a national review into safe recreational boating and boating safety education undertaken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
The objective of the group is to identify national safe boating issues, address them through coordinated public education strategies and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
For more information, visit the ANZSBEG website.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
AMSA is responsible for ensuring the safety of vessels and the seafarers onboard, operating in the Australian domestic commercial industry.
The National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety is the framework within which the domestic commercial industry operates. On 1 July 2013, AMSA became the National Regulator of the framework and is responsible for the National System.
Transport for NSW, as Delegates of AMSA, is responsible for the face-to-face operations of the National System in NSW.
For more information, visit the AMSA website.
Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA)
The Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) was established in response to the Independent Scientific Audit of Marine Parks, commissioned by the NSW Government in 2011. The key role of the Authority is to set the strategic direction and priorities for the NSW marine estate through a Marine Estate Management Strategy.
In December 2014, the Marine Estate Management Act 2014 established MEMA as an advisory body and set the direction for its work which is underpinned by evidence of the social, economic and environmental aspects of the marine estate. MEMA will provide a coordinated approach to better manage the NSW marine estate as a single continuous system. Transport for NSW is a member of MEMA.
For more information about the Marine Estate Management Strategy and other MEMA initiatives, visit the NSW Marine Estate website.