Since the development of the USL Code in 1979, the domestic commercial vessel industry has been regulated by each state in Australia. This fragmenting of a very portable industry caused significant impairments to its consistency and promotion of growth and development.

After much deliberation, on the 1st of July 2013 the National Law was enacted for the administration of regulations the domestic commercial vessel industry and subsequently on the 1st of July 2018 the administration of these regulations became the responsibility of Australia’s Flag State regulator, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

These changes have the domestic industry come under an existing regulatory body which has seen a ‘merging’ of two regulatory frameworks. This oversight is now bringing together the regulations, standards and physical administration of our industry and has promoted a need for support from across the industry to bring it together.

At a meeting held at the Colmslie Hotel in suburban Brisbane in November 2019 it was unanimously decided that an association be formed and through a global pandemic, the Australian Commercial Vessel Operators Association or ACVOA for short has been formed.