16 October, 2012


Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT


On 5 October 2012, the ACMA released the Review of VHF marine radio operator qualification arrangements-recreational (non-commercial) vessels, the final outcomes paper of its review of VHF marine radio operator qualifications for recreational boaters.
The outcomes of the review are the result of extensive communications between marine safety stakeholders, individual boaters and the ACMA. 
The ACMA will:
  • coordinate the development and implementation of the Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ), which will become the new mandatory qualification for recreational boaters using VHF marine radio channels within Australian territorial waters. It is anticipated the AWQ arrangement will begin during 2013-14; and
  • align its remaining marine radio certificate of proficiency framework with the Maritime Training Package administered by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council in the longer term.
To view the ACMA media release click here



For further information, please contact:


Gordon Hughes, Partner, Ashurst

[email protected] 



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