Application for an assessment of overseas STCW certificates for the purpose of a migration application


You can use this form below to  assess the following skilled occupations for the purpose of migration applications:

  • your overseas Master Unlimited (STCW Regs II/2) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas Chief Mate Unlimited (STCW Regs II/2) STCW certificate 
  • your overseas Deck Watchkeeper Unlimited (STCW Regs II/1) STCW certificate 
  • your overseas Chief Engineer Unlimited (STCW Regs III/2) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas Second  Engineer Unlimited (STCW Regs III/2) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas  Engineer Watchkeeper Unlimited (STCW Regs III/1) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas  Marine Surveyor qualification 

Eligibility criteria 

The Australian Government introduces reforms for skilled migration as and when required. The most recent update to the combined list of eligible skilled occupations occurred was on 11 March 2019. The Department of Home Affairs has made changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations

AMSA is only nominated as the Assessing Authority for Ship's Master ANZSCO code 231213 i.e. Master Unlimited (STCW Regs II/2) Certificate of Competency. Some visa classes have caveats, please check the occupation of Ship's Master ANZSCO code 231213  on the skilled occupation list for details. 

The details of the visa assessment process following AMSA assessment may be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Further details on visa classes available for Ship's Master ANZSCO code 231213 may be found via the links below:

Please note that a successful migration skills assessment by AMSA does not guarantee that you will be issued with a working visa by the Department of Home Affairs, nor does it guarantee you employment on an Australian registered vessel.

Submitting the form 

Please forward the completed application AMSA Form 12 by mail and include:

1.    The application AMSA Form 12

2.    Original shipping company letters testifying sea service

3.    Certified true copies of supporting documents

4.    Payment of fee

The required fee is on the schedule of charges.

Once AMSA has received a complete application and all requirements are met please allow 3 months for your application to be assessed.

Send the completed application, supporting documentation and fee to: 

Postal Address 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Seafarer Certification Service
GPO Box 2181,
Canberra City, ACT 2601, AUSTRALIA

Courier Address 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Seafarer Certification Service
82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, ACT 2612, AUSTRALIA

Last Updated: 

17 January 2020