Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

If you intend to apply for migration to Australia under one of the General Skilled Migration categories, you must have a nominated occupation which is on the Skilled Occupations List at the time you apply. In order to make a valid application, you must have obtained a skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

AMSA is the assessing authority for the following occupations:

  • Seafarer - Ship's Master;
  • Seafarer - Ship's Engineer; and
  • Seafarer - Ship's Officer.

Specific documents required with initial application for a Master or Deck Officer qualifications assessment include:

  • Certified copies of overseas marine qualifications held, all pages, including Certificate of competency and GMDSS GOC);
  • Certified copies of discharge book pages or watch-keeping certificates;
  • Originals of letters from the shipping company (not ship) on company letterhead, verifying the sea service. This must state the vessel name(s), IMO number and Gross Tonnage, the position the applicant held onboard and the dates onboard; and
  • Certified copies of course completion certificates of practical training ashore including short courses or specialist training appropriate to the grade and sub grade of certificate held.

Engineer Certificates

As specified in legislation applicants for a certificate of recognition for an engineering qualification must provide evidence of having completed sea service and practical training equivalent to that required for an Australian engineer certificate of competency.

Applicants applying for a qualifications assessment for immigration purposes should note:

  • Applicants should also be aware that possession of an Australian seafarer qualification is no guarantee of employment in the Australian maritime industry and opportunities for employment are very limited and likely to remain so in the foreseeable future.

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