Exemption 14—Marine Safety (Sea rangers) 2017

1 February 2018

Marine Safety (Sea rangers) Exemption 2017 (Exemption 14) is issued under the National Law Act 2012, subsection 143(1) of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law.

Exemption 14 allows you to participate in a specified operation as master of a domestic commercial vessel without a certificate of competency. It allows you to operate only in a specified area for purposes associated with managing activities in the marine environment.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Exemption 14, you must:

  • Be a sea ranger
  • Be able to be the master of a vessel that is less than 7.5 metres long and has outboard propulsion power
  • Pass an assessment by us—or an organisation approved by us—to confirm you have operational knowledge, and knowledge of Australian maritime legislation appropriate for the operation
  • Hold an approval for exemption 14.

We may impose additional restrictions on your operation depending on the condition of the waters you are operating in.

How to apply

Complete an Exemption application for sea rangers form 618 and submit it to

You are required to undertake a final assessment before being issued a certificate of competency.


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

3 July 2018