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Global maritime distress and safety systems radio operator's certificate

This is an international qualification for Australian registered vessels operating in international waters.

This international certificate allows you to work as a radio operator.

This certificate is issued under Marine Order 70 (Searfarer certification) 2014 and Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, made under the Navigation Act 2012.

What will this certificate allow me to do?

This certificate allows you to perform radio operator duties and functions.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Global maritime distress and safety systems radio operator's certificate (GMDSS certificate) you must meet sea service and course requirements. The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or revalidating an existing certificate. Each requirement and how to prove that you meet them is explained in these instructions.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014, Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014, Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014 and Marine Order 74 (Masters and deck officers – yachts) 2015. Please refer to these marine orders for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate, you need to:

Revalidate certificate

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

Last updated: 

Friday 27 July 2018