Exemption 23—Marine Safety (Masters or crew without certificates)

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

You do not need to apply to us for this exemption.

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

What this exemption will allow you to do

Exemption 23 may exempt a person from the requirement to have a certificate of competency to work on a domestic commercial vessel if the person was not required to hold certification under the law of a state or the Northern Territory on 30 June 2013. 

To be eligible for Exemption 23, you must have notified AMSA prior to 1 January 2018 that you intend to operate under this exemption. 

You must previously have been allowed to perform duties on a domestic commercial vessel without certification because either:

  • those duties did not require certification on or before 30 June 2013
  • you had an exemption from the requirement to be certified to perform those duties.

You must also have actually been performing those duties on or before 30 June 2013.

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Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Last updated: 27 February 2023