Exemption 31—Marine Safety (Expired pre-USL Code certificates) 2017

20 December 2017

Marine Safety (Expired pre-USL Code certificates) Exemption 2017 (Exemption 31) is issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority under section 9 and subsection 143(1) of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law.

What will this exemption allow me to do?

This exemption will allow you to operate a fishing vessel as master, engineer or coxswain without a certificate of competency.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for this exemption if you held a pre-USL code certificate issued by the maritime safety authority of a State or the Northern Territory before 1 July 2013.

In addition to holding a pre-USL code certificate, you must:

  • Have performed the operation in the five years before 30 June 2013
  • Have continued to perform the operation in the same capacity, within the same limitations as the pre-USL code certificate of competency.

If your pre-USL code certificate expired before 30 December 2013, you must have accrued qualifying sea service for 120 days in the 5 years before the application for approval.

If you become aware of a medical condition that may affect your ability to operate a vessel, you must notify us in writing.

How to apply

Complete Miscellaneous form 758 and submit it to


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

3 July 2019