Exemption 42—Marine Safety (Extension of time—certificates of competency)

Due to the current social isolation restrictions and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, and to assist seafarers during this period, we have extended the duration of all National Law certificates of competency.

If you have a certificate of competency (not suspended or revoked) that expires between 26 March 2020 and 1 October 2020, you have an extension of six months to renew your certificate. You must continue to comply with the conditions of the expired certificate. 

You do not need to apply for this exemption, it will happen automatically.

You will still receive a renewal notice identifying the day the certificate expires, but you can defer this renewal for six months. 

What this exemption will allow you to do

  • All National Law certificates of competency and all associated endorsements, expiring between 26 March and 1 October 2020, are extended for six months from the expiry date noted on the certificate. 
  • Permits crew, subject to this exemption, to work on a domestic commercial vessel for this extension period.

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Last Updated: 

17 April 2020