Exemption 16—Marine Safety (Traditional fishing) 2017

1 February 2018

Marine Safety (Traditional fishing) Exemtion 2017 is issued by the National Regulator under section 9 and subsection 143(1) of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law.

What will this exemption allow me to do?

Exemption 16 will allow you perform duties without a certificate of competency on a traditional inhabitant fishing boat for the purpose of profit or barter. You cannot use the vessel for any other purpose if you are operating under this exemption. 


To be eligible for Exemption 16 you must be a traditional inhabitant of the area in which the specified operation is to be held.

To obtain this exemption you will need to:

Complete training courses

You are required to complete the following training courses:

  • Torres Strait Boatsafe course including a practical demonstration of anchors, towing, navigation skills and passage planning.
  • Operate and maintain outboard motors of the Seafood Industry Training Package.
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety units of the maritime training package of the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council Ltd or equivalent.

Hold exisiting certificates

As part of exemption 38 you must have:

  • a current Certificate 1 restricted to the waters your operation will be held in and issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework
  • Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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.


Australian Maritime Safety Authority


Last updated: 14 February 2018
Last reviewed: 14 February 2018