Certificate of Recognition - Australian Government


You will require this certificate if you intend to work onboard a regulated Australian vessel, domestic commercial vessel or a recreational vessel that has Australian nationality with foreign issued certificates or qualifications.

A certificate of recognition allows you to work in Australia without having to complete some or all of the required courses because it recognises the skills you already have.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a certificate of recognition from a country with which Australia has a recognition agreement, you must:

  • hold a current certificate of medical fitness
  • hold a certificate issued by a marine administration in a country other than Australia that is either approved by Australia or compliant with the International Convention
  • provide evidence that you have completed practical training or short courses that are equivalent to the Australian certificate of competency
  • for deck or engineer officer duties, have passed an oral examination
  • for deck officer duties, hold a current General Operators Certificate
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or provide proof of upcoming employment in a regulated Australian vessel.


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Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Navigation Safety and International Division

Contact details

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