The Australian Government claimed that it was continuing to support the cruise industry by extending the ’Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012’ exemption for 2024.
This exemption means eligible cruise operators do not need a licence for coastal trading, such as carrying cruise passengers to and from Australian ports.
It applies from 1st January, 2024 to 31st December, 2024 and replaces the current exemption, which ends on 31st December, 2023.
The exemption applies to vessels in excess of 5,000 gt which are:
- Capable of a speed of at least 15 knots.
- Capable of carrying at least 100 passengers.
- Used wholly or primarily for the carriage of passengers between any ports in states or territories, except between Victoria and Tasmania.
Catherine King, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (pictured), said: “COVID-19 really affected tourism and the cruise industry, so the Australian Government is continuing to support cruise tourism by guaranteeing another year of the exemption.
“The exemption reduces red tape and costs while supporting THRIVE 2030, our national strategy for the long-term sustainable growth of the visitor economy.
“The one-year exemption will also provide additional time to consult on a range of potential amendments to the Coastal Trading Act to aid in the revitalisation of the Australian maritime industry,” she said.