Exemption 17—Marine Safety (Great Barrier Reef Region and Torres Strait zone) 2017

1 February 2018

Marine Safety (Great Barrier Reef Region and Torres Strait zone) Exemption 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 17 will allow you perform duties of a master or crew member without a certificate of competency on a barge or vessel which is not powered and is permanently anchored. This exemption applies to passenger and non-passenger vessels. You cannot use the vessel for any other purpose if you are operating under this exemption.

This exemption can only be used:

  • during restricted offshore operations
  • in partially smooth or smooth water.

It is only valid in the following areas:

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Torres Strait zone
  • a Queensland island.


You are eligible for Exemption 17 if you hold one of the following certificates:

How to use this exemption

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