Compass Adjuster's Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to become a qualified compass adjuster. Compass adjustment is to align the vessel to the earth's magnetic field, pointing to magnetic north.

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

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • have successfully completed an AMSA approved course in the adjustment of compasses
  • provide copies of at least 12 deviation cards of ships whose compasses you assisted in the adjustment of
  • provide testimonials of the responsible adjusters in relation to your satisfactory assistance.

You must also provide a certified copy of your Certificate of Competency. Overseas compass adjuster licences may be recognised under certain circumstances.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement that you comply with the relevant standards:

  • Magnetic Compasses Carriage and Performance Standards
  • Performance Standards for Gyro-compasses.


Licence remains in force until revoked.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Seafarer Form 419 (Opens in new window)

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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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