New Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency) commencing on 1 January 2023

Regulatory requirements for certificates of competency affect thousands of Australians working across the domestic commercial vessel (DCV) industry.

The new legislative framework for these certificates must be relevant to a wide range of roles and operations, while maintaining safety standards.

AMSA have been working to develop a nationally consistent and simplified qualifications framework.

AMSA has finalised the revised Marine Order 505, which incorporates NSCV Part D and some general exemptions. This new order will come into effect on 1 January 2023.

We have also published supporting guidance material.

Who this relates to

  • People working on Australian DCVs.
  • Anyone holding or intending to obtain a certificate of competency to work on a DCV.
  • People and organisations with responsibility for the crewing of DCVs.
  • People operating under an AMSA general exemption to perform duties or functions on an Australian DCV.
  • Industry groups or bodies that represent Australian seafarers.

Organisations conducting, or seeking approval to conduct, AMSA-mandated practical assessments.


Last updated: 

Tuesday 10 May 2022