In 2015-16 we combined our international and domestic qualifications sections into a single unit as part of our transition to full service delivery for the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (page 35).
We issued 5995 certificates during the year, including 1467 certificates of competency for Deck and Engineering. A total of 647 oral examinations were conducted, with a pass rate of 67.5 per cent.
This year we commenced the transition to plastic cards for all seafarers’ certificates, a process which will be completed by October 2016. This was part of a review of processes for the issue of seafarers’ certificates, resulting in efficiency improvements and compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, which allowed reductions in the charges for some of these certificates.
Since introduction of the card certificates in 2012, there has been general acceptance from industry and individuals. The cards are very durable and hard wearing and fit conveniently into a person’s wallet.
The plastic cards contain numerous security features, including:
In the lead up to our transition to full service delivery for the National System, we are working with industry to reduce the costs associated with unnecessary red tape and to improve the way services are provided.
Together with other regulators including: the Australian Skills Quality Authority, Victorian Registration & Qualification Authority, Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia, and Australian Industry Standards (AIS), we are developing a model to reduce regulatory burden and duplication of effort.
In May this year we, with the above regulators, conducted a seafarer qualifications information road show in capital cities where we described our model to manage and issue near coastal qualifications. This model was well received by industry and we are in the process of developing systems and processes to deliver certification services to seafarers.
The key features and advantages of our model include: