Channels House - Level 2, 235 Ryrie St Geelong, Vic 3220
Phone: +61 3 5225 3500

Safety and Security

As part of the wider Australian and international port community, the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) takes a leadership role in the management of marine safety and security.

A number of national and international policies underpin the safety and security management strategies of all port operators and service providers, including the VRCA. This ensures a coordinated approach to all issues of safety and security. Find more information about these policies and frameworks on the following sites:

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Maritime Safety Victoria is responsible for vessel design and construction standards, qualifications for vessel operators, marine pollution response and marine incident investigations. Find details on the Maritime Safety Victoria web site.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority provides services to Australia in maritime safety, aviation and marine search and rescue, and protection of the marine environment from ship sourced pollution. Find details on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority web site.

The National Marine Safety Committee is an intergovernmental committee that aims to achieve uniform marine safety legislation and practices throughout Australia. Find details on the National Marine Safety Committee web site.



The International Maritime Organisation's International Ship and Port Facility (ISPF) Code outlines security measures applicable to ships and port facilities. The Code is included as an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention, 1974 (SOLAS) to which Australia is a party. The Code is mandatory.

Find more about the Code on the federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development