The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
is the national safety agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment and aviation and marine search and rescue.
A largely self-funded government agency, it commenced operations in 1991 as a statutory authority with the charter of enhancing efficiency in the delivery of safety and other services to the Australian maritime industry.
AMSA was established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 as an Australian Government authority in the Transport and Regional Services portfolio.
The Authority defines its vision as "to be a respected world leading regulator and provider of maritime safety, marine environment protection and pollution response and maritime and aviation search and rescue."
To this end, AMSA states that it is committed to continuous improvement in the provision of its services and to maintaining constructive relations with stakeholders in government, industry and the community.
Services are mainly provided on a cost recovery basis from fee and levy revenue sources, though AMSA does also receive Community Service Obligation funding from the Commonwealth Government specifically relating to aviation and maritime search and rescue operations and boating safety education.