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					N AT I O N A L M A R I N E S A F E T Y C O M M I T T E E

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The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) was formed in 1997 by the
Council of Australian Governments, to lead reform in the marine sector and
achieve national consistency in legislation and administration.

The committee is made up of senior executives of Australian marine safety
agencies, with New Zealand having observer status.

The NMSC relies heavily on consultation with maritime industry stakeholders
and the general boating community to improve safety standards. The
committee attains valuable feedback and advice on its projects and
strategies from key industry and community stakeholders through its Industry
Advisory Committee (IAC).

The committee is supported by a small secretariat in Sydney which, due to
workload demands, has grown by 25% over the last financial year to a
mixture of full and part-time staff and contractors.

The NMSC reports to the Australian Transport Council, made up of Ministers
responsible for Roads, Rail, Air and Maritime, through the Standing
Committee on Transport (SCOT).

The NMSC is currently implementing programs reflecting the strategic
priorities outlined in the 2003 – 2008 Strategic Plan which are to:

1. Accelerate and complete standards for the safety of commercial vessels

2. Simplify the regulatory and administrative system for marine safety

3. Support alternative approaches to marine safety

4. Gain greater government commitment to marine matters

5. Improve training to meet industry and regulatory matters

6. Complete the national safety system for recreational boating

2    The Year in Brief
2    Chairman’s Comments
3    CEO’s Report
3    IAC Chairman’s Assessment

     Reports from Marine Safety Agencies around Australia
4    New South Wales
4    Queensland
5    Western Australia
5    Tasmania
5    Victoria
6    South Australia
6    Northern Territory
6    Australian Maritime Safety Authority

     Highlights and Achievements
7    New marine safety standards
7    National Standard for Commercial Vessels
8    Other Projects
8    Recreational Boating
9    Marine Safety Administration

     Legislation and Research
10   Legislation
10   Research
     Communication and Consultation
11   Marine Safety Conference 2005
11   Working Groups and Reference Groups
11   Conference and Forum Attendance
11   List of Publications

12   Statement by the Management Committee
13   Independent Auditor’s Report
14   Statement of Financial Performance
15   Statement of Financial Position
15   Statement of Cash Flows
16   Notes to and Forming Part of the Accounts

     The Committees
21   NMSC Members and Secretariat staff
21   Industry Advisory Committee

OVERVIEW                                                    Chairman’s Comments
                                                                                          This first full year for NMSC
The Year in Brief                                                                         as an incorporated body
                     • Completion of the National                                         has been encouraging and
                       Standard for Commercial Vessels                                    rewarding.
                                 Fire Safety Standard                                  Firstly, members have
                                    (Part C Section 4)                                 volunteered for leadership
                                     and Operational                                   positions, chairing reference
                                      Practices (Part E)                               groups, have offered new
                                         • Publication of                              ways of doing things, and
                                        the Australian      have donated resources to achieve NMSC objectives.
                                       Builders Plate       The recognition that the NMSC is actually the
                                    Standard for            jurisdictions themselves striving for national uniformity is
                                 Recreational Boats and     supported by all, and as a consequence, there is
                            development of proposed         significant cooperation between members to find a way
model clauses for legislation in each state and the         through the challenges we face.
Northern Territory
                                                            Secondly, the preparedness to get on with the agenda
                           • Over 300 government and        has been refreshing. The commitment of adequate
                         industry representatives           budget resources by jurisdictions has meant that the
                              attended the Marine Safety    NMSC can now support the aspirations of our members.
                                     Conference 2005 in
                                    Hobart                  Thirdly, as an organisation, we have developed a more
                                                            rigorous project management approach, with a focus on
                                    • 30 reference          achieving outcomes within an agreed timeframe. The
                                    groups, workshops,      new reporting mechanism to NMSC members is also an
                                   meetings and             example of transparency to industry.
                                  consultation meetings
                                  held to progress marine   The final element has been the work of the secretariat
                                 safety initiatives         under Maurene Horder’s leadership. The growing pains
                                                            of internal changes necessary to the organisation were
                                 • 12 new products listed   left behind and the commitment of staff to progressing
in the National Registry of Compliant Equipment (NRCE)      and achieving outcomes has been above expectations.
bringing the total products listed to 70                    The Marine Safety 2005 conference in Hobart was a
• Commencement of the introduction of the National          highlight of the year in terms of their efforts.
  Standard for the Administration of Marine Safety          We now face the challenges of delivery, especially in
  (NSAMS)                                                   terms of legislation. We also need to further build on our
• Five Regulatory Impact Statements produced                relationship with industry in order to create mutual
• Four standards published                                  understanding and a commitment to uniform regulation.
• Six new publications produced                             In conclusion, can I thank Marcus Blackmore for his role
• Six draft documents sent out for public comment           as Chair of IAC - his passion, wit and commitment will
                                                            be missed. Thanks also to those who have contributed to
                                                            the NMSC, including: reference group representatives;
                                                            jurisdictions; industry; staff; as well as NMSC and IAC
                                                            members. Your efforts are much appreciated.

                                                            Des Powell CHAIRMAN

CEO’s Report                                                      IAC Chairman’s Assessment
                             I am delighted to report that the                                    As outgoing Chairman, I would
                             past year saw another group of                                       like to say how much I have
                             standards for Commercial                                             enjoyed working with the
                             Vessels finalised and released                                       NMSC and the IAC over the
                             for use by the industry. The                                         past seven years. During this
                             NMSC process of developing                                           time, we have seen real
                             standards is a transparent and                                       progress in marine industry
                             inclusive one. For this reason, it                                   reform and I can attest that the
                             takes time – time for                                                IAC has played a significant
stakeholders to consider options, to prepare comments, for        role in facilitating this progress.
these to be reviewed and to run the full process of
                                                                  I also take this opportunity to welcome the new IAC
intergovernmental agreements.
                                                                  Chairman, Hume Campbell, to the helm (previously Vice
At the same time, we have made good progress in                   Chairman), who, as a long-standing IAC member has
implementing the Australian Builders Plate for Recreational       significant experience to bring to the role.
Boats. This project has involved a very high level of
                                                                  I am pleased to report that the National Report of Practical
cooperation and involvement from the recreational boating
                                                                  Experience and Sea-Service (ROPES) books, that the IAC
sector, including manufacturers and dealers.
                                                                  had a hand in, have been embraced by the industry. This
The continued input of stakeholders has been significant,         should make for an easier marine industry career path for
from government maritime agencies, industry and their             young Australians.
representative bodies. The Industry Advisory Committee and
                                                                  The NMSC undertook a comparative assessment of
the various reference groups have each contributed to the
                                                                  qualifications required to operate super yachts. The IAC was
year’s many outputs.
                                                                  involved with reviewing recreational boat operator licensing
Legislation required to implement the NMSC’s standards has        and solutions are now being undertaken to address industry
remained a challenge for us all, given there are eight            concerns.
sovereign parliaments in the nation. The task for the NMSC
                                                                  When governments closed down the centralised radio
to achieve a common approach in a timely manner is huge. I
                                                                  communications system, this prompted a national survey of
remain confident that with a continued commitment to
                                                                  boaters to review their marine radio use and emergency
national maritime reform, that the legislative outcomes being
                                                                  requirements. I understand that the NMSC is developing an
sought can be achieved.
                                                                  education campaign based on the new arrangements.
The NMSC has geared up its capacity to draft legislation
                                                                  NMSC has conducted a study into fatalities in the maritime
and this year we released our first legislative discussion
                                                                  industry which was widely accepted by members and a
paper for public comment. This was well received and
                                                                  number of recommendations were made to undertake further
provoked interest and valuable comment from industry.
                                                                  research. We have proposed an education campaign to
The year also saw further work commence on the analysis of        raise awareness of the safety issues in the study. This goes to
hospital admission data due to marine incidents, which will       the heart of creating a better understanding of the
be released later this year. We set up to two separate            development of marine safety in Australia.
projects to explore efficient ways of getting standards
                                                                  At times the process of reform has been painfully slow,
completed and for assessing their impact.
                                                                  however, increased funding will hopefully now deliver
I would like to express my appreciation to NMSC members,          speedier outcomes as we all strive to achieve national
staff, and all those who have contributed to the achievements     uniformity for marine safety in Australia.
of the committee during the year. I look forward to working
                                                                  It has been a rewarding experience being part of the IAC,
with you all to further progress our marine safety agenda.
                                                                  and I would like to wish both the NMSC and IAC all the best
                                                                  with the important task of implementing marine safety
                                                                  initiatives for both commercial and recreational users of our
                                                                  nation’s waterways.

Maurene Horder CEO
                                                                  Marcus C. Blackmore AM CHAIRMAN


NMSC Members 2004
Front Row L to R – Des Powell Independent Chair, Scott Porter Department of Transport and Urban Planning South Australia,
John Watkinson Maritime Safety Queensland, Tony Middleton Marine Safety Victoria, Maurene Horder NMSC CEO
Back Row L to R – Chris Oxenbould NSW Maritime, Brian Riches Department for Planning and Infrastructure WA, Clive
Davidson Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Colin Finch Marine and Safety Tasmania, Garry Mayer Department of
Infrastructure, Planning and Environment Northern Territory

New South Wales                                                 Queensland
                                 As the NSW representative                          A new Transport Operations (Marine
                                 on the National Marine                             Safety) Regulation 2004 commenced on
                                 Safety Committee, NSW                              the 16 August 2004. Some of the more
Maritime initiated a number of projects designed to assist                          significant changes in the new regulation
uniform practice in marine safety.                                                  include:
Safety Management System requirements in line with Part E                           • introducing new radio communications
are being introduced throughout NSW for all passenger                                 monitoring requirements for fishing ships;
carrying vessels capable of carrying more than eight adults.
                                                                • introducing requirements for crew of commercial and
The adoption of Part D in NSW is being progressed via a           fishing vessels to undertake shipboard safety training;
discussion paper for public comment which was released in
                                                                • amending liability insurance requirements for accredited
April 2005 followed by a round of industry meetings held
                                                                  ship designers, builders and marine surveyors;
throughout the State.
                                                                • more closely aligning recreational boat license
NSW Maritime has also held a number of meetings with the
                                                                  requirements with recreational boat registration
boating industry to resolve outstanding issues in relation to
                                                                  requirements; and
the implementation of the Australian Builders Plate in NSW.
                                                                • making previous voluntary capacity labeling for all
A legislative program has been developed to incorporate the
                                                                  recreational vessels a mandatory requirement from 1
national standards into legislation.
                                                                  September 2005.
NSW Maritime was a Gold Sponsor of the Marine Safety
                                                                Amendments to the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act
Conference 2005. The Chief Executive of NSW Maritime
                                                                1994 were also made to broaden Maritime Safety
gave a presentation on Part E and the General Manager
                                                                Queensland's (MSQ’s) ability to manage water-based
Recreational Boating gave a presentation on recreational
                                                                activities for reasons other than safety. This will allow MSQ
licensing and its impact on safety.
                                                                to help local governments and local communities to

effectively manage jet skis in their areas. Other measures        applicants. So far 180 applicants have chosen to use the
introduced to better manage jet skis include:                     NMSC ROPES book as a means to reduce their required sea
• Introducing a new class of license for jet ski operators; and
                                                                  MAST introduced Section C7A of the NSCV to replace
• Increasing the minimum size of jet ski registration
                                                                  Section 10 of the USL Code in its Marine and Safety (Vessel
  numbering to allow for easier identification.
                                                                  Safety Standards) By-laws in 2004. Section C7A offers
MSQ has kept the maritime industry and boating community          benefits to operators allowing longer servicing intervals on
abreast of developments in the National Standard for              safety equipment and bringing medical kits into line with
Commercial Vessels through its quarterly magazine,                current first aid training. MAST has worked with the
Seascape, presentations at local industry meetings and            commercial fishing industry to phase in the requirements of
Marine Board industry Forums held throughout the State.           Section C7A on existing fishing vessels. Of particular
                                                                  importance are new arrangements to phase out the use of
Western Australia                                                 dinghies as rescue craft and an amendment to Section C7A
                                                                  to require the use of open reversible life rafts on Class 1E
                                                Marine Safety
                                                Australia has     On recreational boats, MAST has introduced a requirement
channelled its resources into the development of a                for novice boaters to complete a logbook showing that an
comprehensive legislative review, including the progression       applicant for a licence has undertaken 20 hours on-water
of national standards into WA legislation.                        experience based on the NMSC core competencies.
                                                                  Alternatively a novice boater may complete an accredited
WA liaised with the Department of Consumer and
                                                                  short course, also based on the core competencies for
Employment Protection (DOCEP) to come to an agreement as
                                                                  recreational boaters developed by NMSC. MAST already
to how best to implement the ABP. In concert with DOCEP,
                                                                  complies with the standard for recreational boating safety
DPI will provide a "gateway" beyond which new vessels
                                                                  equipment agreed by Ministers during 2004.
cannot pass unless they comply with the ABP standard. WA
also attended an annual BIA forum to hear industry                MAST advises all commercial operators of developments in
comments on the ABP.                                              the NSCV through its regular magazine Seawise. MAST also
                                                                  provides specific information on particular developments
The Compulsory Competency Training for Recreational
                                                                  through circular letters to vessel owners and through industry
Boaters program, which is in line with NMSC’s Guidelines
                                                                  publications such as Fishing Today.
for Recreational Operator Competencies and Principles for a
Common National Standard for Recreational Boat Operator
Licenses, will be mandatory by the summer of 2005. The
audit process has also been aligned to the Guidelines for                                   Marine Safety Victoria (MSV)
Auditing Registered Training Organisations.                                                 continues to work in conjunction
                                                                                            with NMSC in the development and
WA also liaised with and provided feedback to NMSC
                                                                                            delivery of a range of marine safety
regarding the NSCV, including Parts: D – Crew
                                                                                            initiatives. During the year, MSV
Competencies; C3 – Construction; C5 – Engineering; C7 –
                                                                  took leadership of reference group activities related to the
Equipment; and C4 – Fire Safety.
                                                                  National Standard for Administration of Marine Safety
WA also commented on the National Guidance Manual -               (NSAMS), Australian Builders Plate and the National
Guidance Circular for the tinting of Wheelhouse Windows;          Standard for Commercial Vessels stability component.
and detailed survey practices in WA that would be impacted
                                                                  In terms of safety equipment, MSV is currently drafting
                                                                  regulations that will provide for the implementation of the
                                                                  National Standard for Recreational Boat Safety Equipment.
Tasmania                                                          This is being done in conjunction with the introduction of
                            Marine and Safety Tasmania            local State arrangements for the compulsory wearing of PFDs
                            (MAST) has used the provisions        in high risk situations.
                            of Part D to reduce the
                                                                  MSV continues to participate in developing a national
                            requirements for sea time for
                                                                  marine incident data capability. At a local level, MSV is
                            entry level certificates:
                                                                  reviewing its Marine Incident Database which will ultimately
Coxswain; Master 5; MED 2; and MED 3. The new
                                                                  provide better interface with the National Incident Database.
arrangements continue to be popular with industry and with
                                                                  MSV continues to engage with and maintain dialogue with

industry stakeholders and convenes quarterly advisory             Funds have been assigned to address issues raised by the
groups in the commercial fishing, vessel operations,              ATC endorsed national audit of the NT’s Coastal Radio
manufacturing and recreational boating arenas. These              Network. A tender is currently being prepared for the
advisory groups considered NMSC issues including NSCV,            required upgrades.
ABP and radio communications.
                                                                  The Marine Safety Branch continued as the main sponsor of
                                                                  the NT Marine Safety Boat, Motor and Leisure Show, which
South Australia                                                   took place on 27 and 28 August 2005. It also participated
                                           South Australia        in the Boating Maintenance Day on 19 June 2005, which
                                           remains                was organised by the NT Boating Industry Association.
                                           committed to           Promotion of the 406 EPIRB as the minimum requirement by
                                           the work of the        February 2009 is continuing. The Marine Safety Branch was
NMSC and development of the recreational boating                  also involved in the industry and public launch of the
standards and the National Standard for Commercial Vessels        “Ropes” book in both Darwin and Gove.
                                                                  Dialogue with marine industry, government, and community
In support of NMSC, South Australia has for 2005:                 stakeholders will be facilitated by quarterly meetings of the
• Adopted the ROPES program with the revised criteria for         Marine Safety Consultative Committee, as well as specific
  the consistent assessment of sea-time. Copies of the            communications strategies for major projects.
  program have been distributed to a number of High
  Schools in the key fishing regions of the State.                Australian Maritime Safety Authority
• Made arrangements with SEAFOOD Tasmania to use the                                                     The Australian Maritime
  VOAAP, and all SA training providers are now delivering                                                Safety Authority
  the Coxswain’s training courses in accordance with this                                                (AMSA), continues to
  initiative.                                                                                            promote the benefits to
                                                                                                         crews working on ships
• Reviewed the boat operator-licensing system against
                                                                                                         within a State/Territory
  NMSC’s core competencies and produced a revised SA
                                                                                                         jurisdiction of AMSA’s
  Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.
                                                                  new issue of Marine Orders Part 3 made under the
• Introduced a registration label for recreational vessels that   Navigation Act 1912 in September 2004. This implements
  publicised EPIRBs – and the “switch to 406”.                    standards of certification specified in the International
                                                                  Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and
• Introduced a quarterly recreational boating newsletter "On
                                                                  Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
  Deck" to inform the recreational boating community of
  current State and national developments, activities related     The revised deck officer certificate structure provides a clear
  to safe boating and helpful hints.                              pathway for State/Territory certificate holders, or those
                                                                  working in the deck department of smaller tonnage trading
• Commenced a project to plan the way ahead for the
                                                                  vessels, to obtain an AMSA issued STCW qualification and
  State’s long-term Emergency Marine Radio Network.
                                                                  to progress to larger vessel qualifications. AMSA is aiming
                                                                  to establish a similar seamless career path for Australian-
Northern Territory                                                certificated engineer officers to progress from small to large
                                              Recent structural   ship operations.
                                              changes with the
                                                                  AMSA was pleased that all NMSC members endorsed the
                                              Department of
                                                                  introduction of uniform regulations across jurisdictions for
                                              Planning and
                                                                  carriage and registration of 406 MHz distress beacons,
Infrastructure included the creation of the Transport Safety
                                                                  which will improve search and rescue outcomes and save
Division, comprising Road Safety, Rail Safety and Marine
                                                                  lives. AMSA also contributed during the year to the
Safety. The Director Transport Safety is now the NT
                                                                  development of standards for fast craft, the review of medical
representative on the NMSC.
                                                                  standards for crews on ships in State/Territory jurisdictions,
Work towards implementation of the Australian Builders Plate      the NMSC’s National Incident Database and the planning
by 1 July 2006 is continuing. The Marine Safety Branch            and delivery of the NMSC’s Marine Safety 2005 Conference.
attended a meeting of the Boating Industry Association at
which the NMSC provided a briefing on the Australian
Builders Plate.

New marine safety standards                                         Standards under development
Major new marine safety standards and guidelines for                NSCV SECTION C6A AND C6B - INTACT STABILITY
Australian recreational and commercial boats, developed by          Three development meetings were undertaken this year to
the NMSC and approved by transport ministers, were                  prepare a draft for Section C6A. Editing of Section C6B was
released in CD form in April 2005.                                  also undertaken in order to release both C6A and C6B for
They include national recreational boating standards and            public comment at the same time in late 2005.
guidelines covering safety equipment, the Australian Builders       NSCV PART F SUBSECTION 1C – CATEGORY F2 FAST
Plate and boat operations.                                          CRAFT
The National Standard for Commercial Vessels, covers fire           The NMSC continued to develop standards for fast craft. This
safety, engineering, safe operations, safety equipment and          project was originally postponed, but was revived in the first
crew competencies. This new edition contains additional             quarter of 2005 as a result of the recommendations of the
Sections of the NSCV that were completed since the 2002             enquiry into the Pride of Airlie/Sun Goddess collision.
edition. This edition also contains a number of guidelines
produced by the NMSC that support the standard.

                               National Standard for
                               Commercial Vessels

                                              this year
                                                PART C
                                               SECTION 4 –
                                              FIRE SAFETY           NSCV PART C SECTION 7B - COMMUNICATIONS
                                      The eagerly awaited           EQUIPMENT
                                 Fire Safety Section of the         Scoping work has been undertaken for this Section of the
                        National Standard for Commercial            NSCV as part of the development of a service specification
           Vessels was published in early 2005 and will             for the National Marine Distress and Safety Communications
replace Subsection 5F and Section 11 of the Uniform                 System for Non-SOLAS vessels. The recommendations arising
Shipping Laws Code.                                                 from public comment have addressed a number of issues
This standard is based on the fire safety requirements of           and will allow the drafting of this section to proceed.
SOLAS that are appropriate to the levels of risk applicable to      NSCV PART C SECTION 3 – CONSTRUCTION
the domestic fleet. The way the standard works is that it
specifies compliance by picking up or modifying SOLAS               A Classification Society Working Group, established to
requirements, depending upon fire risk characteristics, to          investigate the use of classification society rules for NSCV
give fire safety solutions appropriate for the particular vessel.   Part C Section 3 – Construction, met twice this financial year.
                                                                    They held discussions with classification societies, recognised
PART E – OPERATIONAL PRACTICES                                      by AMSA, in order to gauge their interest in providing rules.
This innovative section of the NSCV, which introduces a             A workshop was also held to identify the best rules to use for
safety management culture for Australia’s domestic industry,        the construction section of the NSCV. It was agreed that a
was endorsed by the ATC in November 2004. The standard              single classification society be engaged on a 5 year contract
will replace Section 15 of the Uniform Shipping Laws (USL)          basis to make available its own rules, including training and
Code and other references to operational matters found in           ongoing support.
the USL Code.

Amendments and revisions to the NSCV
The electrical requirements in the 2002 edition of the NSCV
were subject to review and revision this year in response to a
call for the standard to more closely align with AS 3000 (The
Australian Wiring Rules). A totally revised version was
released for public comment during the year. It is anticipated
that Edition 2 of this section will be available next financial
The NMSC investigated amending this standard to include a
requirement for Class 1E vessels, which operate in areas less
than 15 degrees Celsius.
A review group met to develop the amendment and identify
impacts. Marine and Safety Tasmania prepared a draft RIS
and in early 2005 the combined RIS/Draft Amendment was            information about the capacity of boats including the
released for public comment. Comments received were               maximum number of people and load allowed, engine rating
favourable towards endorsing the amendment.                       and weight and buoyancy performance.
                                                                  Information developed for consultation and public education
Other Projects                                                    included Frequently Asked Questions for builders and
FIRE SAFETY STANDARD ASSISTANT                                    dealers, Fact Sheets on the Legislative Intent Discussion Paper
                                                                  and the ABP, an ABP brochure and media releases.
An innovative ‘Standards Assistant’ calculator to support the
Fire Safety standard is being developed. The Assistant saves      NATIONAL STANDARD FOR RECREATIONAL BOAT SAFETY
users time and money by identifying parts of the standard         EQUIPMENT
that apply to their particular class of vessel, and
                                                                  This standard was published this financial year on the web
automatically provides the results of calculations relating to
                                                                  and CD.
the standard.
                                                                  BOAT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR NON-SOLAS VESSELS                       For the third year running, an NMSC representative was a
                                                                  member of the Australian Maritime Industries Federation (AMIF’s)
The NMSC is working on the development of a national
                                                                  Boat of the Year judging panel, which was held on the Gold
specification for a Marine Distress and Safety
                                                                  Coast in April 2005. Significantly, a number of the boats
Communications System for Non-SOLAS vessels. As part of
                                                                  reviewed were already fitted with Australian Builders Plates.
this work, a draft specification was released for public
comment, which should be finalised early in 2006.

                           Recreational Boating

                           Recreational Safety
                           AUSTRALIAN BUILDERS PLATE
                           The NMSC has worked hard with
                           industry and government to
                           introduce the Australian Builders
                           Plate (ABP) standard for
                           recreational boats, which was
                           published on 1 March 2005.
                           The ABP will make recreational
                           boating safer and details vital

Marine Safety Administration                                    implementation of this initiative. Since release of the first
                                                                print-run, these books have been distributed across the
                                                                country and have now been forced into a third print run to
National Standard for the Administration of
                                                                keep up with industry demand.
Marine Safety (NSAMS)
The NMSC is introducing a new standard applicable to the        Guidelines for Auditing Registered Training
jurisdictions themselves, the National Standard for the         Organisations
Administration of Marine Safety (NSAMS). The first project
off the drawing board deals with preparing standards on the     This guideline was published to provide the basis for
survey of vessels based on Chapter 14 of the Uniform            ensuring national uniformity in relation to the approval and
Shipping Laws Code.                                             auditing of registered training organisations in accordance
                                                                with Part D – Crew Competencies of the NSCV.
This project aims to achieve national uniformity in survey
practice and administration. A number of meetings held
                                                                USL Code
during the year resulted in the development of a draft survey
standard.                                                       NMSC continues to allow the general public to download the
                                                                Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USL Code) from its web site.
                                                                The USL Code provides standards for the design, construction
                                                                and operation of domestic commercial vessels. The
                                                                committee also sells the code to the public as hard copy, with
                                                                150 people purchasing the code in 2004/2005.

                                                                Twelve new products were listed on the National Register of
                                                                Compliant Equipment (NRCE), lifting the total products
                                                                included to 70. The NRCE is a register of products and
                                                                systems, approved as complying with the Uniform Shipping
                                                                Laws (USL) Code or the National Standard for Commercial
                                                                Vessels (NSCV), that is administered by the NMSC.

                                                                Tinting of Navigational Space Windows
                                                                A Guidance Circular produced by NMSC’s Technical
                                                                Reference Group (Surveyor’s) to allow tinting of navigational
                                                                space windows on vessels less than 45 metres, has been a
                                                                useful tool for industry.
                                                                The circular outlines solutions for tinted glazing of
                                                                navigational space windows on vessels less than 45 metres
                                                                that are subject to the Uniform Shipping Laws Code Section
National Record of Practical Experience and                     5C Clause 73.3 and Section 5D Clause 36.3.
Sea-Service (ROPES)
This initiative, whereby the amount of sea-service required
                                                                Super yachts
by a candidate for a Certificate of Competency can be           A set of nationally agreed guidelines for the recognition of
reduced by up to 50% through demonstrating quality sea-         super yacht qualifications and visiting yachts was progressed
service, has been widely considered by industry as an           this financial year. This followed a comprehensive mapping
outstanding success.                                            study of foreign super yacht qualifications and discussions
                                                                between jurisdictions in relation to their operating as charter
Examiners from across Australia met in February 2005 to
                                                                vessels in Australia.
finalise the administrative details for consistent

LEGISLATION AND RESEARCH                                          The ABP is being phased in from 1 July 2005, with all states
                                                                  and the Northern Territory aiming to introduce legislation to
Legislation                                                       fully implement the ABP by 1 July 2006.

National Standard for Commercial Vessels                          EPIRBS
Due to lengthy delays in the preparation of model clauses by      NMSC has commenced work on defining the legislation
the Parliamentary Counsels Committee, the NMSC has                required for the introduction of 406 EPIRBs in 2009.
devised a new model for the implementation of the NSCV.
Under this new model, which was endorsed by the ATC in            Regulatory Impact Statements
May 2005, drafting instructions will be produced for a
                                                                  As part of the development of national standards, and in line
Certificate of Survey and a Certificate of Operations that will
                                                                  with COAG requirements the NMSC produces Regulatory
hopefully result in a more uniform regime being applied
                                                                  Impact Statements (RIS) which are reviewed by the Office of
                                                                  Regulatory Review to determine if they are adequate.
The marine authorities have commenced implementing Part D
                                                                  RIS’s produced include:
of the NSCV using Drafting Instructions previously approved
by the ATC to prepare legislation for the standard’s              • RIS for the Public Comment on Amendment to NSCV Part
adoption. Tasmania is the first state that has implemented          C Section 7A-Safety Equipment
Part D through its legislation.
                                                                  • RIS for the Public Comment on the revision of NSCV Part C
                                                                    Section 5B-Electrical
                                                                  • Final RIS for NSCV Part C Section 4-Fire
                                                                  • Final RIS for NSCV Part E-Operational Practices
                                                                  • Final RIS for the National Standard for Recreational Boat
                                                                    Safety Equipment


                                                                  Research Plan
                                                                  In October and November 2004, NMSC conducted two
                                                                  workshops amongst industry and NMSC representatives to
                                                                  develop priorities for research in marine safety. From being
                                                                  a relatively poorly researched field, marine safety is
                                                                  beginning to gain a higher profile. The aim of the
                                                                  workshops was to bring the various parties involved in
                                                                  marine safety research together to share information and
                                                                  develop a National Research Plan.

                                                                  Injury Study
                                                                  The NMSC commissioned a statistical study on serious
After publication of the ABP standard in March 2005, the          injuries related to marine transport. The study used data
NMSC started to work on the framework for implementation,         from transport related hospital admissions which is
including legislation and further consultation.                   maintained in a data base by the Australian Transport Safety
                                                                  Bureau (ATSB). The study, which is due to be published
A legislative discussion paper explaining the intent of the       soon, highlighted water skiing accidents as being a
proposed model clauses for legislation was presented to           particularly common cause of serious injury.
delegates of the Marine Safety Conference in April 2005. It
was then released for public comment from April through to
June, involving each state BIA convening meetings with its
members. Public comment was reviewed by NMSC’s
legislative group and the revised model clauses will be
provided to NMSC for their approval in August 2005.

Marine Safety Conference 2005                                 ANZSBEG
Around 300 government and industry representatives heard      ANZSBEG, an NMSC subcommittee comprising: Australia’s
Australian and international experts outline the latest       marine administrations; Maritime New Zealand; and
initiatives to make the industry safer at the Marine Safety   yachting and recreational boating peak bodies, coordinates
Conference 2005 in Hobart on 12 – 13 April 2005.              small craft safety promotion.
This is the third national conference organised by the NMSC   ANZSBEG supported NMSC programs by contributing to the
and it attracted 58 specialist speakers in the areas of       development of a fact sheet on the Australian Builders Plate
recreational boating and training, commercial fishing,        for recreational boats to provide information to consumers.
marine security and maritime research and development.        It also considered support for promotion of the NMSC’s
                                                              National Standard for Recreational Boat Safety Equipment
The NMSC is busy planning its fourth Marine Safety
                                                              and an education package for marine radio usage by
Conference which will be held on the Gold Coast in
                                                              recreational boats.
Queensland from 12 -14 September 2006.
                                                              The Safer Recreational Boating DVD has proved successful
Working Groups and Reference Groups                           with more than 60,000 copies being disseminated Australia
                                                              wide by ANZSBEG members and a New Zealand version is
A range of industry and government working groups and         under development. Promotion of public awareness about
reference groups met during the year to draft and review      the cessation of satellite monitoring of 121.5MHz distress
standards. Reference groups which met to discuss marine       beacons and the benefits of moving to the 406MHz model
safety initiatives included: the NSAMS Technical Reference    has been a major ANZSBEG project.
Group; Part E Reference Group; Fire Safety Reference
Group; and the Radio Communications Technical Reference       Planning was also undertaken for another important
Group.                                                        educational awareness campaign on alcohol and boating,
                                                              which will be promoted by ANZSBEG members during the
A group comprising industry, marine safety officers, and      2006 summer season through various educational items and
university researchers met in October 2004 to develop a       radio advertisements.
research plan for marine safety, which identified priority
areas for research over the next 5 years.
                                                              LIST OF PUBLICATIONS 2004-2005
There were also 10 consultative forums in all mainland
states and the Northern Territory to inform industry about    Standards
the implementation of the ABP.                                National Standard for Commercial Vessels
                                                              • Part C Section 4 – Fire Safety • Part E – Operational Practices
Conference and Forum Attendance
                                                              National Standard for Recreational
NMSC staff attended and presented at a number of
                                                              Boat Safety Equipment
conferences and forums during the year to network,
gather information and to inform stakeholders of the          Australian Builders Plate Standard
work of the NMSC.                                             for Recreational Boats
Staff took the opportunity to highlight safety projects at    Publications
the Marine Safety Conference in April 2005. Papers
presented included: The Future Program and Work of the        Newsletters
NMSC, The Australian Builders Plate and the                   • Safety Lines August 2004
Responsibilities of Dealers and Builders, and Writing the     • Safety Lines January 2005
Standard – Issues Confronting FastCraft and their Impact      • Safety Lines June 2005
on Safety Standards.                                          Brochures
Staff also made presentations on Fire Safety Standards        • Australian Builders Plate
for Commercial Vessels to the Royal Institute of Naval        Other
Architects and to stakeholders in Brisbane. A National
                                                              • Guidelines for Auditing Registered Training Organisations
Standard for the Administration of Marine Safety
presentation was also made this year to Maritime Safety       Annual Report
Queensland and RINA officers.                                 • Annual Report 2003 - 2004


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     In the opinion of the Management Committee:

     (a)      the financial report presents fairly the financial position of the Association as at
              30 June 2005 and the results of its operations and cash flows for the year
              ended 30 June 2005; and

     (b)      there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Association will be able to pay
              its debts as and when they fall due.

     Signed for and on behalf of the Management Committee:

     Desmond Powell                                   John Watkinson
     Chairman                                         Treasurer
     Dated: 11 August 2005                            Dated: 11 August 2005

           Phone (02) 9247 2124 Fax (02) 9247 5203          Website: www.nmsc.gov.au
                     Suite 3, Level 5, 9-13 Young Street Sydney NSW 2000
                          PO Box R1871, Royal Exchange NSW 1225



We have audited the financial report of the National Marine Safety Committee Incorporated
for the year ended 30 June 2005 as set out on pages 3 to 10. The members of the
Management Committee are responsible for the financial report. We have assisted with the
preparation of the financial report and have conducted an independent audit of that report in
order to express an opinion on it to the members of the Association.

Our audit has been conducted in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards to provide
reasonable assurance whether the financial report is free of material misstatement. Our
procedures included examination, on a test basis, of evidence supporting the amounts and
other disclosures in the financial report, and the evaluation of accounting policies and
significant accounting estimates. These procedures have been undertaken to form an opinion
as to whether, in all material respects, the financial report is presented fairly in accordance
with Accounting Standards and other mandatory professional reporting requirements so as to
present a view which is consistent with our understanding of the Association's financial
position, the results of its operations and its cash flows.

The audit opinion expressed in this report has been formed on the above basis.

Audit Opinion
In our opinion the financial report presents fairly in accordance with applicable Accounting
Standards and other mandatory professional reporting requirements the financial position of
the National Marine Safety Committee Incorporated as at 30 June 2005 and the results of its
operations and its cash flows for the year then ended.


Chartered Accountant

Dated: 11 August 2005

For The Year Ended 30 June 2005
                                                                 Note        2005         2004
Revenue from Ordinary Activities                                                 $            $
  State Contributions                                                    1,290,952    1,150,000
  Marine Safety Communication - DOTAR                                       74,699            -
  Interest Received                                                              -        9,465
  Conference and Other Income                                              252,567      215,545

  Total Income                                                          1,618,218    1,375,010
Expenses from Ordinary Activities
  Accounting Services                                                           -        9,000
  Advertising                                                               2,085        2,037
  Auditing                                                         8        4,500        4,500
  Bank fees                                                                 3,686          381
  Computer expenses                                                        50,011        7,869
  Conference expenses                                                      75,432      153,492
  Contractors                                                             432,038      441,567
  Depreciation                                                              6,882        5,646
  Equipment hire                                                           24,501        2,019
  Finance, Human Resources & IT Services                                        -       45,341
  Fringe Benefits Tax                                                       4,826            -
  Freight                                                                   6,883        1,959
  General Expenses                                                          2,333          202
  Insurance                                                                24,267        6,800
  Interest paid                                                               199            -
  Legal Fees                                                                4,577          776
  Materials                                                                   277        4,902
  Meetings and functions                                                   31,339        8,819
  Memberships                                                                 250            -
  Minor Equipment                                                             469        3,378
  Motor vehicle expenses                                                       51            -
  Payroll tax                                                                   -        9,688
  Postage                                                                  14,381        5,258
  Power & Water                                                                 -        2,295
  Printing, Stationery and Photography                                     50,983       45,101
  Publications                                                             41,397       45,558
  Rent                                                                     20,704       14,331
  Repairs and Maintenance                                                   2,211       24,159
  Salaries                                                                426,207      211,650
  Staff Benefits                                                              227          240
  Subscriptions                                                            13,162       20,820
  Superannuation                                                           44,581       21,557
  Telephone                                                                25,721       35,037
  Training                                                                 23,509        2,086
  Travel and accommodation                                                 80,932       51,630

Total Expenditure                                                       1,418,621    1,188,098

Net Profit                                                               199,597      186,912

The accompanying notes form part of these Financial Statements

As At 30 June 2005
                                                                 Note        2005           2004
                                                                                $              $
Current Assets
   Cash Assets                                                             767,734       390,150
   Receivables                                                     2     1,749,529        24,248
   Inventories (Publications)                                               44,103             -
   Total Current Assets                                                 2,561,366      414,398

Non-Current Assets
  Property Plant & Equipment                                       3       36,916         13,743
   Total Non-Current Assets                                               36,916         13,743

Total Assets                                                            2,598,282      428,141

Current Liabilities
   Creditors and Borrowings                                        4       248,970        17,987
   Provision for employee benefits                                          14,028             -
   Revenue Received in Advance                                     5     2,000,000       274,467
   Total Current Liabilities                                            2,262,998      292,454

Total Liabilities                                                       2,262,998      292,454

Net Assets                                                               335,284       135,687

Accumulated Funds                                                  6     335,284       135,687

The accompanying notes form part of these Financial Statements

For The Year Ended 30 June 2005
                                                                 Note        2005           2004
                                                                                $              $
Cash Flow From Operating Activities
  Receipts from Members and Others                                       1,776,960      1,508,648
  Interest Received                                                              -          9,465
  Payments to Suppliers and Employees                                   (1,369,321 )   (1,407,028 )
Net Cash Provided by (Used in)
   Operating Activities                                            7      407,639        111,085

Cash Flow From Investing Activities
  Payment for Property Plant and Equipment                                 (30,055 )      (12,910 )
Net Increase (Decrease) In Cash Held                                      377,584         98,175
Cash At Beginning Of Year                                                 390,150        291,975

Cash At End Of Year                                                      767,734       390,150

The accompanying notes form part of these Financial Statements

Notes To And Forming Part Of The Accounts At 30 June 2005

Note 1:Statement of Accounting Policies
This financial report is a general purpose financial report that has been prepared in accordance with applicable Accounting
Standards and other mandatory professional reporting requirements. The financial statements have been prepared on the
basis of historical costs and do not take into account changing money values or, except where stated, current valuations of
non-current assets. Cost is based on the fair value of the consideration given in exchange for assets. The accounting policies
have been consistently applied, unless otherwise stated. The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies
adopted by the Secretariat in the preparation of the financial statements.

         (a)       Income Tax
                   The Association is a tax-exempt body.
         (b)       Property Plant and Equipment
                   Property plant and equipment is carried at cost less any accumulated depreciation. As the Association is a
                   not-for-profit entity and the service potential of its assets is not primarily dependent on their ability to
                   generate net cash inflows, the recoverable amount test has not been applied.
                   The depreciable amount of property plant and equipment assets is depreciated on a straight line basis
                   over their estimated useful lives. Assets are depreciated at 20% , 30% or 40% per annum.
         (c)       Employee Entitlements
                   Provision for employee entitlements is recorded on the statement of financial position and is determined on
                   the basis of current salary entitlements.
         (d)       Cash
                   For the purposes of the statement of cash flows, cash consists of cash at bank and petty cash.
         (e)       Revenues
                   The Association was incorporated on 30 January 2004. As the Secretariat was initially established on 7
                   April 1997, the reporting of revenues was based on the assumption that the funding commitments of the
                   States relate to six-monthly periods commencing on 7 April and 7 October each year. The Statement of
                   Financial Performance for the year ended 30 June 2004 was based on the assumption that the States had
                   agreed to increase their funding from $1 million to $1.15 million with effect from 1 July 2003. However, it
                   is uncertain whether the States agreed to increase their funding from 1 July 2003 or 7 October 2003. If
                   the increase in contributions was intended to be effective from 7 October 2003, then no further adjustment
                   to the financial statements is necessary. If the increase was intended to be effective from 1 July 2003, then
                   the states owe a further $24,048 for the period 1 July 2003 to 7 October 2003. State Contribution
                   revenue is reported in the period to which the funding commitment relates.

Notes To And Forming Part Of The Accounts At 30 June 2005

Note 1:Statement of Accounting Policies (Continued)
        (f)     International Accounting Standards

                         The Association is in the process of transitioning its accounting policies and financial reporting from
                         current Australian Accounting Standards (AAS) to Australian equivalents of International Financial
                         Reporting Standards (AIFRS), which will be applicable for the financial year ended 30 June 2006.
                         During 2005, NMSC allocated internal resources to conduct impact assessments to identify key areas that
                         would be impacted by the transition to AIFRS. As a result of these assessments, it was determined that it
                         was unlikely that the transition to AIFRS would have any significant impact on NMSC.

                                                                                    2005               2004
                                                                                       $                  $
Note 2: Receivables
Trade Debtors                                                                 1,743,529              15,196
Conference deposit                                                                6,000                   -
Net GST Receivable                                                                    -               9,052

Total                                                                         1,749,529              24,248

Note 3: Property Plant & Equipment

Computer Equipment and Software
  At Cost
     Balance at Beginning of Year                                                 16,203             47,480
     Acquisitions                                                                  9,367             10,645
     Disposals                                                                    (5,558 )          (41,922 )

              Balance at End of Year                                              20,012             16,203

    Provision for Depreciation
       Balance at Beginning of Year                                                5,474             42,113
       Depreciation for the Year                                                   5,472              5,283
       Disposals                                                                  (5,558 )          (41,922 )

              Balance at End of Year                                               5,388              5,474

    Net Book Value
       Balance at Beginning of Year                                               10,729              5,367
       Balance at End of Year                                                     14,624             10,729

Notes To And Forming Part Of The Accounts At 30 June 2005

                                                 2005       2004
                                                    $          $
Note 3:Property Plant & Equipment (Continued)

Telephone Equipment
    At Cost
         Balance at Beginning of Year             409          -
         Acquisitions                               -        409

         Balance at End of Year                   409        409

   Provision for Depreciation
         Balance at Beginning of Year              31          -
         Depreciation for the Year                123         31

         Balance at End of Year                   154         31

   Net Book Value
        Balance at Beginning of Year              378          -
        Balance at End of Year                    255        378

Leasehold Improvements
   At Cost
         Balance at Beginning of Year                -          -
         Acquisitions                           10,377          -

         Balance at End of Year                 10,377          -

   Provision for Depreciation
         Balance at Beginning of Year               -           -
         Depreciation for the Year                259           -

         Balance at End of Year                   259           -

   Net Book Value
        Balance at Beginning of Year                 -          -
        Balance at End of Year                  10,118          -

Office Furniture
    At Cost
         Balance at Beginning of Year            3,191      1,335
         Acquisitions                           10,311      1,856

         Balance at End of Year                 13,502      3,191

   Provision for Depreciation
         Balance at Beginning of Year              555       223
         Depreciation for the Year               1,028       332

         Balance at End of Year                  1,583       555

Notes To And Forming Part Of The Accounts At 30 June 2005

                                                    2005       2004
                                                       $          $
Note 3:Property Plant & Equipment (Continued)

Office Furniture (Continued)
    Net Book Value
         Balance at Beginning of Year              2,636      1,112
         Balance at End of Year                   11,919      2,636

Total Property, Plant and Equipment
         Balance at Beginning of Year             13,743      6,479
         Balance at End of Year                   36,916     13,743

Note 4:Creditors and Borrowings (Current)

Trade creditors                                   23,379        874
Superannuation payable                            13,902      6,537
PAYG deductions payable                           15,968     10,576
FBT Payable                                        4,826          -
Net GST payable                                  190,895          -

Total                                            248,970     17,987

Note 5:Revenue Received in Advance

State Contributions
    AMSA                                         200,000     26,712
    Northern Territory                            20,000      2,670
    Victoria                                     430,000     57,432
    Queensland                                   430,000     57,432
    Western Australia                            205,000     27,381
    South Australia                              140,000     18,700
    Tasmania                                      55,000      7,351
    New South Wales                              520,000     76,789

Total                                           2,000,000   274,467

Note 6:Movement in Accumulated Funds

Accumulated funds at beginning of period         135,687    (51,225 )
Profit for the period                            199,597    186,912

Accumulated funds at end of period               335,284    135,687

Notes To And Forming Part Of The Accounts At 30 June 2005

                                                                      2005        2004
                                                                         $           $
Note 7:Cash Flow Information

Reconciliation of Cash Flow
from Operations with Net Surplus (Deficit)

Net Surplus (Deficit)                                              199,597     186,912
Non-cash flows in operating profit
   Depreciation                                                      6,882       5,646
Changes in assets and liabilities
   Decrease (increase) in receivables                            (1,725,281)      9,904
   Decrease (increase) in inventories                               (44,103)          -
   Increase (decrease) in creditors                                 230,983    (78,374)
   Increase (decrease) in provisions                                 14,028           -
   Increase (decrease) in revenue in advance                      1,725,533     (13,003)

Cash flows from operations                                         407,639     111,085

Note 8:Auditor’s Remuneration

For auditing services                                                4,500       4,500
For other services                                                       -       9,000

Total                                                                4,500      13,500

Note 9:Commitments for expenditure

Operating Lease Commitments
  Not later than one year                                           92,826            -
  Later than one year and not later than 5 years *                 297,438            -

Total                                                              390,264            -

* The above amounts include GST input tax credit entitlements.


The NMSC met six times this year and provided feedback and approval to allow the
Secretariat to implement its projects, as well as progressing NMSC led projects within their
own jurisdictions. They also participated in workshops and forums throughout the year.

NMSC Members                                       Industry Advisory Committee
NMSC members as at 30 June 2005 are                NMSC’s Industry Advisory Committee
as follows:                                        (IAC) provides advice on both strategic
                                                   and policy issues of the NMSC. It is
Des Powell Independent Chair
                                                   made up of representatives from peak
Colin Finch Vice-Chair                             stakeholder groups in Australia’s
CEO Marine and Safety Tasmania                     commercial and recreational sectors.
                                                   The IAC met on two occasions this year to
Captain John Watkinson Treasurer
                                                   provide feedback on NMSC initiatives.
General Manager Maritime Safety
Queensland                                         Members as at 30 June 2005 include:
Brian Riches Secretary                             Marcus Blackmore Chair
Director Marine Safety Victoria (replaced          Blackmores Ltd
Tony Middleton and Mark Hughes)
                                                   Hume Campbell Vice Chair
Sandra Eckert Acting General                       Riverside Marine
Manager Marine Safety Department for
                                                   Bryan Chapman
Planning and Infrastructure WA
                                                   Bryan Chapman & Associates
(replaced Brian Riches)
                                                   David Cribb
Clive Davidson CEO Australian
                                                   Charter Vessel Association of NSW
Maritime Safety Authority
                                                   Liz Hay
Brian Hemming Director
                                                   Australian Shipbuilders Association
Transport Safety Regulation Department
for Transport Energy and infrastructure            Phil Jones
SA (replaced Scott Porter)                         Yachting Australia
Chris Oxenbould CEO                                James Mallows
NSW Maritime                                       Australian Institute of Marine and Power
Sri Srinivas
Principal Marine Surveyor Department of            Ian McAndrew
Infrastructure Planning and Environment            Australian Marina Management
(replaced Garry Mayer)
                                                   Robert Pennington
Secretariat Staff                                  Australian Seafood Industry Council
During the year, the NMSC grew by                  Dean Summers
one-quarter as a response to its                   Maritime Union of Australia
increasing workload. As a result, the
                                                   Richard Teo
secretariat moved in April 2005 from
                                                   Seafood and Maritime Industries
Kent Street to new premises at Level 5,
9-13 Young Street Sydney, near Circular
Quay.                                              Paul Bendy
                                                   Adsteam Marine Limited

Sincere thanks to Lou Martin Photocycle and Mori Flapan for allowing their photography
to be reproduced in the Annual Report.
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