Exemption 23—Marine Safety (Masters or crew without certificates) 2017

1 February 2018

Marine Safety (Masters or crew without certificates) Exemption 2017 (Exemption 23) is issued by the National Regulator under the National Law Act 2012 under subsection 143(1) of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law.

You are required to have this exemption if you do not have a certificate of competency to work on a domestic commercial vessel and have been operating prior to 1 July 2013. This law has been in place since the commencement of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety on 1 July 2013.

What will this exemption allow me to do?

Exemption 23 will let you continue to operate a domestic commercial vessel without obtaining a certificate of competency. With this exemption, you will be considered compliant under the law if your vessel is surveyed or inspected. You cannot use the vessel for any other purpose if you are operating under this exemption. 


You are eligible for Exemption 23 if you have notified us prior to 1 January 2018 that you have intended to operate under this exemption.

You must have the experience and knowledge equivalent to the conditions of a certificate of competency. This means on or before 30 June 2013, you were either:

  • Allowed to perform duties or functions on a commercial domestic vessel without any certification.
  • Exempt from the requirement to hold a certificate of competency under the national law as it was implemented at the time.

How to apply

You do not need to apply for this exemption. You will need to keep your supporting documents onboard and ready to be presented to authorities if required.

Related information


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

13 August 2019