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26th April 2009, 01:19 PM
Australia's landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi) is on the Indo-Australian Plate. Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia is separated from Asia by the Arafura and Timor seas. Australia has 34,218 kilometres (21,262 mi) of coastline (excluding all offshore islands) and claims an extensive exclusive economic zone of 8,148,250 square kilometres (3,146,060 sq mi). This exclusive economic zone does not include the Australian Antarctic Territory.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, lies a short distance off the north-east coast and extends for over 2,000 kilometres (1,240 mi).

The Master of a vessel arriving in Australia is required by law to give notice of impending arrival NOT LATER than 96 hours before arrival. Customs does realise that not all vessels are fitted with the latest communication equipment. For these vessel this requirement seems to cause confusion as people interpret it as notification must be given 96 hours prior to arrival. This is not the case. This is the minimum requirement.

Example: A vessel is travelling from USA to Australia. The time frame is one month. The Master could report his impending arrival to Australia prior to departing USA. This would mean that he gives 1 months notice which meets the above criteria. Other alternatives is the Master could report his impending arrival from one of the ports he stops at on his way to Australia or prior to his departure from his last port before arriving in Australia. This may even be a week prior to his arrival, as long as the estimated sailing time is a minimum of 96 hours. Again this meets the above criteria for reporting to Customs.

96 hours notice may be given by either:
Sending an email to yachtreport@customs.gov.au
Sending a fax to: +61 2 6275 6331
Phoning the Australian Customs National Communications Centre +61 3 9244 8973

You will need to provide the following information:-
The name of your craft
Your intended first port of arrival
Your estimated arrival time
Your last for ports of call
The details of all people abord incl., name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
Details of any illnesses or disease recently encountered.
If you have any animals on board.
If you have any firearms on board.

Note: Customs does not have access to SSB/HF radio communications. The preferred radio communication is through VHF.

Australia on the World Cruising Wiki - HERE (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Australia)