How To Register Your Boat – Australian Citizens

The process of registering your new or pre-owned vessel can vary a lot depending on where you live (country and state), where the vessel is located, and where you intend to take it.

Please keep in mind this information is general in nature and may not be relevant to your specific situation.


  • If you’re buying a boat in Australia and plan to use your boat in Australian waters only – go to the state registration section below.
  • If you’re buying your boat in Australia and your area of navigation is cruising offshore – go to the AMSA section below.
  • If you’re purchasing your boat overseas – go the the AMSA section below.


  1. Register your vessel on The Australian General Shipping Register through AMSA (if you are collecting your boat from overseas or taking your boat overseas).
  2. Apply for an MMSI through AMSA (you will require a Radio Proficiency Certificate to obtain this, details provided below).
  3. Register your vessel with your State Government Authority (if you will be collecting your boat in Australia or collecting your boat overseas and bringing it back to Australia, and then keeping it in Australia).
  4. Research the importation process and what taxes will be payable (if you are buying a boat overseas and bringing it back to Australia)
  5. Obtain insurance quotes.

1: AMSA & The Australian General Shipping Register



The process and requirements for registering a vessel can vary greatly by each Australian state and can change regularly and without notice.

Below you will find some general information about the steps involved and different requirements for each state.

Please Note: Some states do not require you to obtain state registration if you have a current AMSA Registration, check with your local government office for details regarding your specific situation.

Please keep in mind that this information is general in nature and may not suit your specific situation.


  • If you are buying a new boat from Multihull Solutions and it is being delivered to you in Australia, your Sales Consultant will assist you with this process and the importation and taxes will be quoted to you as part of your purchase process.
  • If you previously collected your new boat from the factory and are now looking to bring your boat back to Australia, you will need to consider importation and taxes.
  • If you are buying a pre-owned boat overseas you should check if any taxes are payable on the boat before buying it, this information is usually clearly listed in the vessel information online.

Below are some handy links that can help you research:

Australian Border Force Website – Entering & Leaving Australia by Sea

Australian Border Force Website – How to Import a Yacht

Boating Industry Association – Thinking of Importing Your Next Boat Guide book

Things to consider:

  • If you buy an Australian owned boat overseas, even if it has previously had GST paid on it, you will likely be required to pay GST again when you bring the boat back to Australia.
  • We recommend engaging an Importation Agent, as the paperwork can be difficult and the cost is relatively low.
  • You should consult your Tax Agent before committing to buying your vessel, this will ensure you are fully aware of what costs you may be liable for.
  • Any advice provided by Multihull Solutions website, team or your Sales Consultant is for general information purposes only and should not be relied upon in any way. Seek professional advice.


You should start the process of obtaining insurance quotes now so you have an idea of the costs involved, it will give you a chance to shop around, and in some cases, insurance may be required before you can complete your registration.

Multihull Solutions can assist with obligation-free insurance quotes from the world’s top marine insurance companies.

Click here to complete our online Insurance Quote Request Form


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