Exemption 15—Marine Safety (Scientific research and educational activities) 2017

1 February 2018

Marine Safety (Scientific and educational activities) Exemption 2015 (Exemption 15) is issued under the National Law Act 2012, subsection 143(1) of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law.

Exemption 15 will let you perform duties for scientific research or educational activities without a certificate of competency on a domestic commercial vessel up to 7.5 meters long. These activities must be conducted on behalf of a scientific research or educational organisation.


You are eligible for Exemption 15 if the master of the vessel:

  • is at least 16 years old
  • holds a license required to operate recreationally in the waters where the specified operation is being carried out
  • complies with the conditions of the license that they hold.

The vessel must only carry crew that are:

How to apply

You do not need to apply for this exemption. You will need to keep all the supporting documents onboard and ready to be presented to authorities if required.

You can operate under this exemption until 2020.


Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

18 June 2018