Exemption 20—Marine Safety (Special operations)

This exemption is relevant to people who work on or who want to work on a domestic commercial vessel without the required certificate of competency.

You can apply to us for this exemption by completing and submitting the AMSA form 758 to indicating that you would like to apply for Marine Safety (Special operations) Exemption and providing the following information:

  • details of employee(s) 
  • copy(ies) of recreational licenses
  • detailed description of the intended operation and geographical area(s)

What this exemption will allow you to do

Exemption 20 will let you perform duties as a master on a domestic commercial vessel used for infrastructure building or maintenance workboat operations without a certificate of competency.

To be eligible for Exemption 20, we must consider that you are able to be the master of a workboat that is all of the following:

  • less than or equal to 7.5 metres long
  • powered by an outboard engine of less than or equal to 38 kilowatts
  • operating in smooth and inland waters
  • not carrying passengers
  • operating within 100 metres from shore, or a structure attached to the shore.

You will need to hold any license required to operate the vessel recreationally in the waters where you are operating. 

We may impose additional restrictions on your operation depending on the condition of the waters you are operating in.

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Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

15 October 2021