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Chartering in Australia

Australia has some of the most spectacular coastal and aquatic attractions in the world and approximately 70 per cent of all international visitors report enjoying coastal experiences as part of their trip.

Australia has the largest domestic fleet of superyachts available for charter in Asia Pacific. The majority of these vessels are based in New South Wales and Queensland, however vessels will regularly conduct charters through Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and Tasmania.

For foreign vessel charter, the Special Recreational Vessel Act 2019 was passed by the Australian Government to facilitate this. A Coastal Trading Temporary Licence is required for a vessel to undertake commercial voyages. The fee for applying for a licence is currently $400 AUD. The licence is valid for a period of 12 months. Additional licences can be applied for prior to the completion of each 12 month period.

It is strongly recommended that a Superyacht Australia trained and endorsed vessel agent is used to acquire this. These agents have the ability to log into the licencing system and complete the application on behalf of the vessel. GST is to be paid on the value of the charter, Superyacht Australia has arranged Australian Taxation Office training to therefore endorse the trained vessel agents and charter brokers in providing options for GST that are available.


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