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Old 01-07-2014, 09:33   #1
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Australian legislation on boat rental

Hello everybody,

I am new here but I think it is the right place to gather following information about Australian laws and procedures:

- Is it possible for a private boat owner to rent his boat to a paying third party?

- Does the person renting a boat need to own a given licence / permit?

- What are the licences needed to work as a skipper in Australia?


Thank you all in advance

Andy
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Old 01-07-2014, 20:00   #2
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Re: Australian legislation on boat rental

Reading the Navigation Bill 2012 and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 would be a good start. RYA Coastal Skipper training would probably be adequate for most purposes.

Bareboat rental afaik only requires a state licence for the motor.

See Boat Licenses - Boating License Information for Australia - Yacht & Boat
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Old 01-07-2014, 20:38   #3
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Re: Australian legislation on boat rental

To work as a skipper in Australia goto:
AMSA :: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
for the up to date info.

You will find that your overseas commercial sea time is valid for an Oz ticket and some of your recreational time will be valid for the entry level commercial tickets.
You'll also find that Australia is a lot stricter than most countries with these tickets as it takes a lot longer to get an equivalent sized ticket in oz than overseas. For example a commercial skipper in oz for a vessel less than 24metres needs far more seatime than the equivelant in the UK or America however the oz ticket is not pax limited so you could be skippering a 200pax ferry with that ticket.
When I did my skippers ticket (in freo) we happened to have a young american skipper in the class (who had the US 200tonne ticket). His impression was that the education level and overall standard was higher in Oz..
This has changed recently with a national system (under AMSA) with less requirements for sea service etc but the overall systems standards are higher than foreign small commercial vessel certifications.
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Re: Australian legislation on boat rental

Skippering a small commercial vessel in oz requires an oz CoC (certificate of competance)
see: https://www.amsa.gov.au/domestic/domestic-quals/
for the latest info on these..
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