Commencing work in Australia

Some guidance on how to start your job in Australia once you have submitted your application.

In accordance with the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA), and provided that:

  • you have included all of the information and documents we requested
  • you have evidence of submitting the application—for example receipt of payment or mail receipt.

Your application will be deemed as registered and you may immediately carry on your occupation in the capacity of your corresponding New Zealand certificate while we consider your application.

If in doubt you should contact us to ensure that your application is complete before proceeding to carry out your occupation in Australia.

You are responsible for the performance of duties or functions of the Certificate of recognition or letter of registration is subject to the operation of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (the National Law) or the Navigation Act 2012 (the Navigation Act).

If your New Zealand certificate of competency is cancelled, suspended or subject to a condition on disciplinary grounds or as a result of or in anticipation of criminal, civil or disciplinary proceedings, your Australian certificate of recognition is affected in the same way.

You must carry the Certificate of recognition and your New Zealand issued Certificate of competency when operating.

Last updated: 27 October 2020