Less than a month after the Australian deputy prime minister introduced a bill into parliament to ease restrictions on chartering, the legislation is now law. Foreign-flagged superyachts can charter in Australia essentially immediately, in fact, due to bipartisan approval that came today. While the speed with which the legislation passed is astonishing, the effort was
Americans and others who want to offer their yachts for charter Down Under might get their wish. The deputy prime minister has introduced a bill that, if passed, will permit foreign superyachts to charter in Australia. The bill is the Special Recreational Vessels Bill 2019. It bears the backing of the executive branch of the
Cruising in Australia in April? If so, you’ll be in good company. According to the industry association Superyacht Australia and its Superyacht Queensland division, several yachts have set sights on Gold Coast in Queensland. It’s due to the Commonwealth Games going on there from April 4 to 15. As a result, the organization has a
A small change in regulations is about to make a big impact on superyacht charter and cruising Down Under. Twenty-one newly created anchorages within the Great Barrier Reef are now available. Better yet, it means yachts from 115 to 230 feet (35 to 70 meters) can finally access the Reef. The anchorages are all within the
American megayacht owners wishing to offer their yachts for charter in Australia, plus charter guests traveling there, now have more opportunities available. The Australian government is issuing temporary superyacht charter licenses for foreign-flagged (non-Australian) vessels. The news comes from Superyacht Australia, an industry organization that has been in talks with government officials for some time.
Due to confusion over whether megayachts would be required to pay an upcoming increase in Australia’s carbon tax, Superyacht Australia, which represents the megayacht industry in the country and promotes its nautical tourism, has obtained clarification from the Australia Tax Office. The good news is, visiting megayachts need not be concerned. First, some background. In