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The Commonwealth enacted national law which transferred control of over 90 per cent of the Victorian commercial vessel fleet to the Commonwealth when it commenced on 1 July 2013.

The intergovernmental agreement required the States and the Northern Territory to pass local legislation to apply the national law to commercial vessels which were beyond the reach of the Commonwealth's powers.

These are commercial vessels which are not owned by corporations and which operate on inland waters.

In June 2013, Victoria enacted the Marine (Domestic Commercial Vessel National Law Application) Act 2013. This Act applied the national law to the remaining 100 or so commercial vessels in Victoria. The Act also generally facilitates roll out of the national scheme in Victoria.

On 1 July 2013, Transport Safety Victoria commenced operation as delegate of the national regulator for the State.

Further information 

For further information email Ian Shepherd or call (03) 8392 6486.

Read the Minister's second reading speech.

Read the Explanatory Memorandum.

Page last reviewed on 15 May 2015

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