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231213 - Ship's Master


Controls and manages the operations of a ship or boat. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level


Note: some roles within this occupation are at ANZSCO Skill Level 1.

Alternative Titles

    • Ship's Captain


    • Dredge Master
    • Ship's Pilot
    • Tug Master

Skills Assessment Authority



Not eligible if:

Caveat 10

TSS, ENS - The position is not located in regional Australia (within the meaning of subregulation 5.19(7) of the Regulations).

Caveat 25

TSS, ENS - The position has nominated annual earnings of less than AUD120,000.

Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations

    • 2542-11 Ship's Master

Group: 2312 Marine Transport Professionals


control and manage the operations of ships, boats and marine equipment.


    • directing fishing operations by using knowledge about the species sought, fishing areas, seasons and the capabilities of the vessel and crew
    • directing crew in catching fish, molluscs and crustacea at varying depths using nets, lines, poles, pots and traps
    • planning, controlling and coordinating the operational and maintenance requirements of a ship's propulsion and domestic plant and equipment
    • operating plant and equipment and performing routine maintenance on ship's systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, steam generating, and fire prevention and control systems
    • controlling and directing shipping operations to ensure the safe and efficient loading and transport of cargo and passengers
    • ensuring compliance with regulations pertaining to safety at sea and protection of the marine environment
    • directing the activities of the deck crew for navigational support tasks, berthing and unberthing, maintenance, cleaning and painting of superstructures, and repair and replacement of defective deck gear and equipment
    • navigating a ship by supervising the ship's course and speed according to predetermined passage plans and safety procedures
    • examining and approving design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and airconditioning plant and pumping systems
    • conducting periodic surveys throughout a ship's life to ensure standards are maintained

Skill Level

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

NZQF Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. Note: some roles within this unit group are at ANZSCO Skill Level 1.

Registration or licensing is required.

Occupations in this Group

    • 231211 Master Fisher
    • 231212 Ship's Engineer
    • 231213 Ship's Master
    • 231214 Ship's Officer
    • 231215 Marine Surveyor
    • 231299 Marine Transport Professionals nec





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