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Reminder—all National Law general exemptions have been extended until 30 June 2025

Monday 10 August 2020
We have extended existing general exemptions to provide seafarers and operators with continuity and certainty.
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All general exemption instruments that were due to expire on 30 June 2020 have been extended until 30 June 2025. 

If you had an approval under a general exemption that was in force on 30 June 2020, you do not need to reapply for a new approval to operate under the general exemption. You can continue to operate under the general exemption until 2025 or the date stated on your approval document. 

AMSA may review some of these exemption before they expire. AMSA will consult with industry on any proposed changes to the general exemptions.

See the full list of general exemptions extended and key changes made. 

Exemption

Changes

EX01 (Unique identifiers)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX02 (Certificates of survey)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX03 (Certificates of operation)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX04 (Recreational use)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX06 (Periodic survey, equipment certification and compass adjustment)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX07 (Temporary operations)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX08 (Temporary service)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX10 (Operation of fishing vessels)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX12 (Inland waters)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX13 (Wildlife or other sightseeing)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX14 (Sea rangers)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated reference to radio qualification.

EX15 (Scientific research and educational activities)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Map now used to define Torres Strait Zone instead of reference to repealed Queensland Regulations.

EX16 (Traditional Fishing)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated references to radio, first aid and other training.

Map now used to define Torres Strait Zone instead of reference to repealed Queensland Regulations.

EX17 (Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Zone)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Map now used to define Torres Strait Zone instead of reference to repealed Queensland Regulations.

EX18 (Sail)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX20 (Special operations)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX21 (Operator vehicular ferry-in-chains)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated reference to first aid course.

EX22 (Bareboats)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Removal of requirement to apply for approval.

Amendment of definition of bareboat operation to align with Marine Order 504 2018.

EX23 (Masters or crew without certificates)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated reference to training courses.

EX24 (Emergency services)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated reference to training courses.

EX25 (Old certificates of competency)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX26 (Expired Certificates)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX30 (Navigation Act seafarer qualifications)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX31 (Expired pre-USL Code certificates)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX33 (Sailing vessels with motor propulsion)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Yachting Australia replaced with ‘Australian Sailing’ to reflect entity name change.

EX34 (Expired perpetual certificates)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX36 (Steam-powered vessels)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated reference to training courses.

EX38 (Low-complexity duties)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Updated reference to training courses.

EX39 (Lifejacket lights)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

EX40 (Class C-restricted operations)

Extended to 30 June 2025.

Allowance for class 2 operators in D and E waters to carry up to 4 day passengers to align with allowances in EX02.

New definition of "day passenger" is based on EX02.

EX41 (Unpowered barges)

 

Extended to 30 June 2025.