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Exemption 17—Marine Safety (Great Barrier Reef Region and Torres Strait zone)

This exemption is for people who want to work on a domestic commercial vessel operating from a Queensland island or in the Great Barrier Reef or Torres Strait Zone without the required certificate of competency.

You do not need to apply to us for this exemption. 

You will need to keep all the supporting documents on board and ready to be presented to authorities if required.

What this exemption will allow you to do 

Exemption 17 will allow you perform duties of a master or crew member without the certificate of competency that would otherwise be required for particular operations.

This exemption does not allow a vessel to be operated outside the operational area specified on the certificate of operation.

Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait zone 

If you hold a Master less than 35 metres near coastal certificate of competency, you may be master or chief mate of a vessel that is 35 metres or longer and less than 80 metres long.  The vessel must be surveyed to service category 1C, 2C or be operating as a fishing vessel and surveyed to service category 3C. 

If you hold at least a Master less than 24 metres near coastal certificate of competency, you may be the chief mate of a vessel that is 35 metres or longer, and less than 80 metres long.  The vessel must be surveyed to service category 1C, 2C or be operating as a fishing vessel and surveyed to service category 3C.

Great Barrier Reef

If you hold a Coxswain certificate of competency, you may be the master of vessel surveyed to service category 1D, 1E, 2D or 2E operating from a 1E pontoon, where the vessel stays within sight of and capable of communicating with the pontoon. 

Queensland

If you hold a Coxswain certificate of competency, you may be the master of a vessel surveyed to service category 1D, 1E, 2D or 2E that is operating from an island and that remains in sight of, and capable of, communicating with the island.

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Superseded

Author 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

17 September 2019