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New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Coxswain grade 2 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

General register

What do I need to do?

To register your ship, you need to:

International register

What do I need to do?

To register your ship, you need to:

Maintaining your registration
Transfer of ownership

What do I need to do?

To transfer the ownership of your ship, you need to:

Transmission of ownership by operation of law

What do I need to do?

To transmit the ownership of your ship, you need to:

Ships not required to be registered

To make an application to close a ship registration, you need to:

Ships no longer entitled to be registered

To close the registration of a ship no longer entitled to Australian registration, you need to:

Change of home port

What do I need to do?

To change your home port, you need to:

Change of ship name

What do I need to do?

To change your ship name, you need to:

Alteration to a vessel

What do I need to do?

To tell us about any changes you have made to your vessel, you need to:

Change of name, address or nationality

What do I need to do?

If you change your name, address or nationality you must inform the Registrar. This applies to a person or an organisation and you will need to:

Application for continuous synopsis record

What do I need to do?

To make an application for a continuous synopsis record, you need to:

Amendment to continuous synopsis record

What do I need to do?

If there are any changes to particulars on the continuous synopsis record, you need to:

Final continuous synopsis record

What do I need to do?

For a final continuous synopsis record to be issued, you need to:

Lodge a caveat

What do I need to do?

To lodge a caveat over an Australian registered vessel, you need to:

Amend name or address details

What do I need to do?

If there is a change to your name or address, you need to:

Withdraw a caveat

Who can withdraw a caveat?

A caveat can be withdrawn by the person who lodged the caveat. But, a caveat can also be withdrawn by:

  • The solicitor or authorised agent of the person who lodged the caveat.
  • The executor of the will or estate administrator if the person who lodged the caveat is deceased.
  • A trustee, official receiver or other person in whom the interest is vested if the Bankruptcy Act 1966 applies.
  • An individual entrusted to manage the affairs of the person who lodged the caveat if a court order has determined they lack capacity.

What do I need to do?

To withdraw a caveat, you need to:

Exemption from the requirement to be registered

What do I need to do?

To apply for an exemption from the requirement to be registered, you need to:

Temporary passes

What do I need to do?

To apply for a temporary pass, you need to:

Certificate of non-registration

What do I need to do?

To apply, you need to:

Certificate of entitlement to fly flag

What do I need to do?

If you need a certificate to fly the national flag and the red ensign, you need to:

Register my vessel

If you are likely to be participating in more than one overseas event, or will travel to other overseas ports following the event, your will need to register your vessel. 

Registering your vessel grants Australian nationality to a ship and can also benefit you if you wish to sell your yacht in the future, as good title to the vessel is assured.

You will need to provide confirmation of your registration to Australian Customs prior to granting clearance to depart. International ports will also need some form of national registration prior to granting formal clearance into that country.

Begin registering your vessel.

Get a temporary pass

If your yacht is unregistered and you want to participate in races between an Australian port and a foreign port, we, in consultation with Australian Sailing, can grant temporary passes. To be eligible for a temporary pass:

  • the race must be conducted by a yachting organisation which is affiliated with Australian Sailing.
  • Australian Sailing must provide written confirmation of the affiliation and the details of the race and the participants

You will need:

  • One temporary pass is needed for the outgoing voyage and another pass is needed for any return voyage.
  • The application forms to can be collected by the race organiser. They can be delivered on behalf of yacht owners or operators and sent to us as a bulk lot to the shipping registration office.

We assess applications on a case by case basis. There may be other special circumstances where a yacht may be granted a temporary pass for a yacht race.

What do I need to do?

To get a temporary pass, you need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

  • Endorsement to command a vessel that is carrying passengers
  • Endorsement to command a vessel with inboard propulsion power up to 500 kilowatts

Endorsement to command a vessel that is carrying passengers

What do I need to do?

To obtain an endorsement to command a vessel that is carrying passengers you will need to:

Endorsement to command a vessel with inboard propulsion power up to 500 kilowatts

What do I need to do?

To obtain an endorsement to command a vessel with inboard propulsion power up to 500 kilowatts you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Daylight hours only restriction

If you have a restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove a daylight hours restriction you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

New certificate
Certificate revalidation

A General purpose hand near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Master less than 24 metres near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsement on your certificate:

Command a domestic commercial vessel less than 80 metres long operating in inland waters

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Remove a daylight hours restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

Remove a sheltered waters restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Master less than 80 metres NC certificate of competency expires 5 years after it is issued or renewed.

What do I need to do?

To renew this certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

  • master, chief mate or deck watchkeeper on a commercial vessel up to 100 metres long and less than 3000 gross tonnage within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)

Endorsement to command, or be chief mate or deck watchkeeper of, a domestic commercial vessel less than 100 metres long and less than 3000 gross tonnage in waters to the outer limits of the EEZ

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Remove a daylight hours restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

Remove a sheltered waters restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Mate less than 80 metres near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or renewed. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate this certificate you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To get this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate, you need to revalidate it every five years.

Endorsements and restrictions

Endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts in the EEZ

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts in the EEZ

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Marine engine driver grade 2 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or renewed. To keep working using your certificate you need to renew it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To renew your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements on your certificate:

  • endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts
  • endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts.

Endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements on your certificate:

  • endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts
  • endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts.

Endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts in the EEZ

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts in the EEZ

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Removing a restriction on your certificate

What do I need to do?

To remove an outboard engines only restriction you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Coxswain grade 1 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Master less than 35 metres near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsement on your certificate:

Command a domestic commercial vessel less than 45 metres long in the exclusive economic zone

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Remove a daylight hours restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

Remove a sheltered waters restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Master (inland waters) certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate this certificate you will need to:

Endorsements

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

  • second in command of commercial vessels less than 80 metres long
  • command commercial vessels less than 80 metres long in inland waters.

Endorsement to act as second in command of a commercial vessel less than 80 metres long

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Endorsement to command a commercial vessel less than 80 metres long in inland waters

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Certificate revalidation

An Engineer Class 3 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

AIS shipborne

What do I need to do?

To apply for a shipborne AIS, you will need a maritime mobile service identity (MMSI).

We allocate MMSI’s to people who own a vessel that have AIS units (or digital selective calling (DSC) capable equipment).

To apply for a MMSI you must already have:

  1. An ACMA maritime ship station licence and callsign for an MF/HF transceiver.
  2. A vessel registered in Australia (except Northern Territory).
  3. Marine radio operator qualifications.

See the MMSI information page for more details and to apply for an MMSI.

AIS AtoN

    What do I need to do?

    To apply for a non-shipborne AIS Aton, you must:

    AIS base station

      What do I need to do?

      To apply for a non-shipborne AIS base station, you must:

      New certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To obtain this certificate, you need to:

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

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      Revalidate certificate

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      Revalidate certificate

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      To get this certificate, you need to:

      With additional sea service and completion of an approved program of study, you can qualify for an Electro-technical officer certificate of competency.

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

      With additional sea service and completion of an approved program of study, you can qualify for an Electro-technical officer certificate of competency.

      New certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To get this certificate, you need to:

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      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

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      What do I need to do?

      To get this certificate, you need to:

      With additional sea service and training courses, you can qualify for an Engineer watchkeeper certificate of competency.

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

      With additional sea service and training courses, you can qualify for an Engineer watchkeeper certificate of competency.

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      What do I need to do?

      To get this certificate, you need to:

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

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      What do I need to do?

      To get this certificate, you need to:

      With additional sea service and training courses, you can qualify for:

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

      With additional sea service and training courses, you can qualify for:

      New certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To get this certificate, you need to:

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      What do I need to do?

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      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

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      What do I need to do?

      To get this certificate, you need to:

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

      Revalidate certificate

      What do I need to do?

      To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

      Endorsements and restrictions

      You may apply for the following endorsements on your certificate:

      • chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts
      • chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts

      Endorsement to work as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts, in the EEZ

      To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

      Endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts in the EEZ

      To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

      Related information

      If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

      Equivalent certificate

      If you hold a Coxswain inland waters certificate of competency we will give you a Coxswain grade 2 near coastal certificate. Any restrictions or endorsements that your certificate has will transfer to your new certificate.

      What do I need to do?

      To get a Coxswain grade 2 near coastal you will need to:

      Replace a low complexity certificate of competency

      Low complexity certificates of competency are:

      • General purpose hand near coastal
      • Coxswain grade 1 near coastal
      • Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal
      • Master (inland waters)
      • Master less than 24 metres near coastal
      • Marine engine driver grade 2 near coastal

      What do I need to do?

      To replace your certificate you will need to: