Domestic seafarer or crew
To work on a commercial vessel in Australia you need a current certificate of competency or an exemption.
About certificates of competency
Certificate of competency application form
The certificate of competency application form 426 allows you to:
- apply for a new certificate
- revalidate your certificate
- apply to replace a lost or stolen or damaged certificate
- apply for a national law equivalent to your old certificate
- remove a restriction or add an endorsement to your certificate
- change your name on your certificate.
Go to form 426 to apply for a certificate of competency.
Lodging your application
- Lodge your completed form and all supporting documents at a participating Australia Post outlet
- At the time of lodgment you must provide proof of your identity – check what documents are accepted
- If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and unable to provide proof of identity, you can complete an identity declaration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person form 162.
- Pay the application fee.
Certificate of competency exemptions
Types of domestic qualifications
There are different certificates that allow you to perform duties relating to navigating vessels, working with the machinery of vessels, and more. Find out about getting the right certificate to allow you to do your job on a vessel in Australian waters.
Qualifying sea service
Check the qualifying near coastal sea service information to find out more about sea service requirements for domestic qualifications, how to calculate and record your sea service for your certificate of competency, and check recognition of other types of sea service.
You can report health and safety concerns to us. Under the Maritime Labour Convention, if you cannot resolve operational health and safety issues using the onboard ship procedures, you can contact us for help. Find out about your health and safety rights if you are working on a commercial vessel and have a complaint you have been unable to resolve. Read about the role of the Australian Seafarers' Welfare Council.