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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Australia has recognition agreements in place with many countries. To be eligible for a certificate of recognition from one of those countries 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 STCW Convention compliant or approved by Australia
  • 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 proof of upcoming employment in a regulated Australian vessel.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

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

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

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Navigation Safety and International Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000