NEW national laws are being introduced next year which will lessen paperwork and better safety practices for Far Northern commercial boat operators by scrapping individual state laws.
Tour operators will also face new safety requirements that will be implemented in the next three years.
The national regulations for commercial vessels was discussed at the global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference this week when Australian Marine Safety Authority regulatory affairs manager Richard Wallace told the conference the changes would also provide consistency for vessel operators.
“In the past a fishing boat in Queensland had to have a permit to fish in the Northern Territory and every time they moved across the border the boat had to fill in more paperwork,” he said.
There is a growing concern about the cost but AMSA said there will be no financial accountability on commercial vessels under the plan and to answer any concerns and give more information, AMSA will be holding a consultation event on October 29 at Cruising Yacht Squadron at Portsmith in Cairns from 5-8pm.