Transition arrangements and fees for new Skipper and Engineers tickets

As part of the Marine Order 505 review, AMSA has been working with industry to develop a nationally consistent and simplified qualifications framework for Australians working across the domestic marine industry.

As a result, AMSA has revised Marine Order 505 (Certificates of Competency – National Law) 2022 (MO505) to create an easier-to-navigate career pathway for people working on DCVs.

The revised MO505 will come into force on 1 January 2023 and a 12-month transition program will apply.

The revised Marine Order 505 introduces five new certificates of competency (CoCs):

  • Sailing Master Coastal Near Coastal (NC)
  • Sailing Master Offshore NC
  • Coxswain Grade 3 NC
  • Master <45 m NC
  • Master <100 m NC

The new MO505 also incorporates some existing exemptions, revises some sea-time requirements and removes some restrictions.

For existing ticket holders, your certificates remain valid until expiry. Individuals will not be required to pay an additional fee above what they would otherwise normally have paid for a renewal or new application.

Transition to New Tickets

AMSA has designed transitional arrangements to allow adequate time for individuals to meet the requirements of MO505. This will accommodate the following individuals who can continue to operate under existing arrangements until 1 January 2024:

  • Holders of Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties) who will be transitioning to the new Coxswain Grade 3 NC certificate.
  • Holders of Mate <80m NC who will be transitioning to a Master <24m NC certificate.

You’ll find more information on the certificates of competency and the transitional arrangements relating to the MO505 Guidelines for Changes here.

Fees for New Tickets

The proposed fees for new tickets are in line with existing fees which range between $150-$282 (subject to indexation). The cost of implementing the five new certificates is partially offset by savings in the phasing out the older certificates Master <35m Near Coastal, Master <80m Near Coastal and Mate <80m Near Coastal.

A full breakdown of these fees is available in the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) here.