Application for temporary crewing permit

You may be able to operate temporarily below the minimum crewing requirements that apply to your vessel.

You can apply to us for a temporary crewing permit by completing and submitting a temporary crewing form 779 and a copy of the risk assessment to

A temporary crewing permit can only be issued for up to a maximum of 90 days. AMSA’s expectation is that the operator will revert to full compliance on expiry of the permit. 

Vessel owners and operators are expected to hold the appropriate National Law certification rather than seeking repeated temporary crewing permit approvals. The National Regulators policy is that subsequent temporary crewing permit approvals (where the application is for the same reason as the initial application) will not be granted unless extraordinary circumstances exist.

In applying for a temporary crewing permit, you must: 

  • specify the period for which the temporary crewing permit is required (noting the maximum period is 90 days) 
  • include a statement outlining why you are unable to comply with the minimum crewing  requirements 
  • demonstrate how the vessel will be operated safely with less than the minimum crewing that would otherwise apply to the vessel 
  • provide a copy of a risk assessment completed for risks considered and controls put in place in relation to carrying out the proposed operation below minimum crewing 

Last updated: 

Friday 25 November 2022