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Forms that require payment will be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.
AMSA has worked with industry to develop a nationally consistent and simplified qualifications framework for Australians working across the domestic commercial vessel industry.
Following extensive consultations in 2019 and 2021, the revised Marine Order 505 (Certificates of Competency – National Law), came into force from 1 January 2023.
The resulting revised qualifications framework and guidelines provide national consistency, improved qualification pathways, and better safety outcomes for Australian seafarers and domestic commercial vessel operators.
These revisions mean some changes to certificates of competency, commonly known as ‘tickets’.
Most National System (AMSA-issued) certificate of competency holders can continue to work as normal and will not be impacted by these changes. When it comes time to renew an expiring certificate or apply for a new certificate, your current certificate will transition to the new qualifications framework.
A Certificate of Medical Fitness – Domestic Seafarers is now required for all new and equivalent applications.
Standards for the assessment of medical fitness have also been revised.
For more details, see: Standards for medical examination of domestic seafarers (PDF 608.3 KB)
Transitional arrangements for existing workers apply to some of these changes, but these end soon on 31 December 2023.
Take the time to understand how these changes may affect you or your operation.
Vessel owner or operator - If you’re a vessel owner or operator and you have crew, make sure everyone working on your vessel has the right ticket and meets all the pre-requisites for the role they’re working in.
Seafarer/ Crew Member - If you’re a crew member, make sure you provide your employer with up-to-date documentation to show you comply with these.