Minimum Safe Manning Document - Australian Government


You will require this document if you are the master of a Regulated Australian Vessel.

Minimum safe manning refers to the minimum amount of seafarers required on board to allow a vessel to travel safely from one port to another.

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 a MSMD you must either:

  • be the master of a Registered Australian Vessel
  • be the master of a Foreign vessel.

Please note that the requirements for MSMDs for foreign vessels should be discussed with the Agency.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Renew Renewal All $430.00 -

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application by email directly to

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Ship Safety 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