Seafarer job seeker

Find what you need to get your next job in the maritime industry.

If you are a working–holiday maker, a seasonal worker or an international seafarer seeking your next job in Australia, you need to make sure you hold the correct certificate of competency for the job and know your safety responsibilities.

Qualifications and training

You will need to obtain the correct maritime qualifications for the job you want to do. Find out about qualifications and training.

If you are an international seafarer, you may be able to transfer your overseas qualifications to Australian qualifications. Learn more about equivalent qualifications and skill recognition.

Once you have your qualification and proof of sea service, you will need to apply to us for a certificate of competency

Seeking advice

Registered training organisations can help you work out what course you need to complete and how to go about it.

Marine safety agencies may also be able to provide you with advice on what type of qualification you need to have in the state or territory where you plan to work.


In Australia everyone working on, travelling on, designing, building, or servicing domestic commercial vessels must observe the general safety duties. They are a legal requirement under Australian law.

Scams and hoaxes

There are many scams aimed at taking your money or identify, including situations where people have received job offers from maritime organisations without applying for a job. You need to be aware of email, internet and telephone hoaxes and scams.

Read about scams and hoaxes.

Seafarer welfare

You can report health and safety concerns to us. Under the Maritime Labour Convention, if you cannot resolve operational health and safety issues using the onboard ship procedures, you can contact us for help. Find out about your health and safety rights

Read about the role of the Australian Seafarers' Welfare Council.

Visa to work in Australia

The Department of Home Affairs website offers information about visas to work in Australia.

Last Updated: 

26 October 2020