Australian seafarer's service book

Use an Australian seafarer's service book (ASSB) to keep a record of your sea service on an Australian or international vessel in international waters.

The purpose of the ASSB is to help you keep a personal record of your sea service. The ASSB is a record of service only and should not be used as a document of identity for the purpose of the International Labour Organisation Convention No. C185.

The ASSB does not replace an employment contract required by the Maritime Labour Convention.

We will not accept responsibility for records entered into an ASSB, nor for use of the information it contains. If you need the records in your ASSB verified, you should advise prospective employers and other interested parties to contact the owner or operator of the ship(s) concerned.

Application process

To be eligible to apply for an ASSB you must already possess a current STCW certificate from us.

The minimum standards for these qualifications are set out in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978.

Complete the form

Download and complete Seafarer form 419.

Provide proof of qualifications

Provide evidence that you have a current certificate of marine qualification issued by us.

Provide proof of identification

Provide identity by either showing a current Australian driver’s licence or valid passport.

Provide a passport photograph

Provide a recent colour passport photograph (taken by Australia Post at time of lodgement).

Pay fees

Pay the required charge at Australia Post—this will be calculated automatically as Seafarer form 419 is completed.

Important disclaimer

This information is summary information only. We makes decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014, Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014 and Marine Order 74 (Masters and deck officers – yachts) 2015. Please refer to these Marine Orders for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

Last updated: 

Monday 13 November 2023