Assessment of overseas qualifications for the purposes of a migration application


You can use this form below to  assess the following skilled occupations for the purpose of migration applications:

  • your overseas Master Unlimited (STCW Regs II/2) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas Chief Mate Unlimited (STCW Regs II/2) STCW certificate 
  • your overseas Deck Watchkeeper Unlimited (STCW Regs II/1) STCW certificate 
  • your overseas Chief Engineer Unlimited (STCW Regs III/2) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas Second  Engineer Unlimited (STCW Regs III/2) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas  Engineer Watchkeeper Unlimited (STCW Regs III/1) STCW certificate  
  • your overseas  Marine Surveyor qualification 

Eligibility criteria 

The Australian Government introduces reforms for skilled migration as and when required. The most recent update to the combined list of eligible skilled occupations occurred was on 11 December 2019. The Department of Home Affairs has made changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations

As per the most recent update to the combined list of eligible skilled occupations in December 2019, AMSA is the nominated Assessing Authority for Ship’s Master ANZSCO code 231213,  Ship's Engineer ANZSCO code 231212, Ship's Officer ANZSCO code 231214 and Marine Surveyor ANZSCO code 231215.

Some visa classes have caveats, please check the occupation of Ship's Master ANZSCO code 231213  on the skilled occupation list for details. 

The role of Marine Surveyor is to survey machines and hulls of ships to ensure they are constructed, equipped and maintained according to safety standards, rules and regulations laid down by marine authorities.  

The assessment of a  marine surveyor qualification, skills and experience for the purpose of an application for skilled migration to Australia is based on, and supported  by scanned certified documents related to the competence criteria for Port State Control Inspector or International Association of Classification Societies Ltd (IACS) surveyor. 

The details of the visa assessment process following AMSA assessment may be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Further details on visa classes available for Ship's Master ANZSCO code 231213 may be found via the links below:

Please note that a successful migration skills assessment by AMSA does not guarantee that you will be issued with a working visa by the Department of Home Affairs, nor does it guarantee you employment on an Australian registered vessel or as a Port State Control Inspector or Class Society surveyor in Australia.

Submitting the form 

Please forward the completed application AMSA Form 12 by mail and include:

1.    The application AMSA Form 12

2.    Original shipping company letters testifying sea service or experience of at least 8 years  after completion of a formal qualification as a Ship’s Masters or Ship's Engineer or Naval Architect.

3.    Certified true copies of supporting documents

4.    Payment of fee

The required fee is on the schedule of charges.

Once AMSA has received a complete application and all requirements are met please allow 3 months for your application to be assessed.

You will need to fill out the Seafarer form 419, attach all required supporting documents including a colour passport-style photograph and send the paperwork to us by email to When we receive your email we will let you know how to pay the fee for your application via AMSA online portal.

Last Updated: 

17 September 2021