The government of Australia is looking to make changes to current regulations concerning foreign flagged superyachts.
Temporary superyacht charter licenses for non-Australian vessels will now be issued by the Australian government as part of the Coastal Trading Act 2012. This change has been brought about as a result of persistent lobbying by Superyacht Australia.
There is hope that the changes will come into force by the end of the winter season. The temporary superyacht charter license will permit 12 months of cruising in Australian waters and provide visas for the entire crew for the same time frame. The fee is $400 and application for the license must be acquired one month before the arrival date, or four months in advance if travel is to include the Great Barrier Reef.
Under this temporary license, superyachts can be refitted or repaired whilst in Australia without being subject to full importation rules and regulations.
Industry organisation Superyacht Australia have recommended that anyone wishing to utilise the temporary license system must go through a professional Australian superyacht agent.
Australia's neighbour New Zealand had a substantial rise in superyacht visits over the course of the last year and regulation changes to permit stays of 24 months have been credited with this successful increase.
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The temporary superyacht charter license will permit 12 months of cruising in Australian waters and provide visas for the entire crew for the same time frame