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Exemptions we may use during the COVID-19 period

Exemptions are available to help operators and crew continue to operate in exceptional circumstances.

We will update this page as information becomes available.

Certificate exemptions  

For operators and seafarers that find themselves unable to comply with the National Law due to COVID-19, AMSA has a wide range of National Law Act Exemptions that may be of assistance as follows: 

Extension of time for certificate renewals

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

If you have a National Law certificate of competency (not suspended or revoked) that expires between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021, you have an extension to your certificate until 31 July 2021 or 12 months from the date your certificate expired, whichever is earlier. 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 until the extension for your certificate expires. 

Seafarers who meet the eligibility requirements for revalidation, and can make an application before the expiry date of the certificate, are encouraged to apply to revalidate their certificate before it expires. 

There is no change to the process for applying for renewal of a certificate.

For more information on the duration of the extension see Exemption 42 and Exemption 43.

Last updated: 

Friday 5 February 2021