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Exemption 10—Marine Safety (Operation of fishing vessels)

This exemption allows eligible people to work on a commercial fishing vessel in parts of Queensland without the required certificate of competency.

You do not need to apply to use this exemption.

You need to keep all the supporting documents on board and ready to be presented to authorities if required.

What this exemption allows you to do

Exemption 10 allows you to perform the functions and duties of a master without the required certificate of competency:

  • a fishing vessel less than 15 metres long operating in the fishing ship operational area off the coast of Queensland
  • a tender boat operating as authorised under the Fisheries Act 1994 (Qld) as a fishing vessel.

To be eligible for this exemption, you must hold either a:

  • Coxswain grade 1 near coastal certificate of competency 
  • Recreational marine licence—if operating a tender boat as a fishing vessel.

Legislation and incorporated material



Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Last updated: 27 February 2023