Exemption 42—Marine Safety (Extension of time—certificates of competency)

Due to the current social isolation restrictions and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, and to assist seafarers during this period, we have extended the duration of all National Law certificates of competency.

If you have a National Law certificate of competency (not suspended or revoked) that expires between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021, you have an extension to your certificate until the earlier of 31 July 2021 or 12 months from the date your certificate expired. You must continue to comply with the conditions of the expired certificate.

You do not need to apply for this exemption, it will happen automatically.

You will still receive a renewal notice identifying the day the certificate expires, but you can defer this renewal until the extension for your certificate expires.

Seafarers who meet the eligibility requirements for revalidation, and can make an application before the expiry date of the certificate, are encouraged to apply to revalidate their certificate before it expires. 

There is no change to the process for applying for renewal of a certificate.

What this exemption will allow you to do

  • Holders of a National Law certificate of competency, endorsement or first aid certificate that:
    • expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. These people will be able to continue performing duties for a period of 12 months from the expiry date noted on the certificate. 
    • expires between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021. These people will be able to continue to perform duties until 31 July 2021.

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Last Updated: 

23 December 2020