Australian Government - Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
Exemption 38 Marine Safety (Low complexity duties) Exemption 2017 (No. 2)

Guidance on how to use this form
This checklist must be used in conjunction with Training and Assessment Criteria - Final Practical Assessment Criteria (AMSA 508)
A. Participant details
Title (Mr, Mrs, Dr, etc)
Given names
Date of birth
Street name and number
Company or Business name
B. Assessor details
Assessment date
Assessor name
Approved trainer assessor number
  1. Photo identification checked
  2. Participant meets all relevant criteria in Section 2 of Ex38:
Criteria Individual or Group Assessment Skills and Knowledge required Completed ✓ ✘ Assessor initial Notes
1. Vessel, crew and passenger preparation Group Pre-departure checks:
• Check vessel is seaworthy
• Check oil, cooling, fuel, batteries, radio, ropes/lines
• Check tools and spares
• Check all safety and firefighting equipment
• Check maintenance log book
• Be aware of any operational hazards e.g. navigational hazards, equipment, stability, carrying/transferring passengers
Individual Demonstrate safe working practices in relation to:
• Situational awareness
• Safety Management Systems and obligation to identify and address risks associated with operating area and operation of vessel
• Fuelling
• Pollution prevention
Individual Communicate clearly:
• Instructions to crew
• Operational intentions to employer/designated person ashore
• Passenger safety briefing and updated briefing as necessary
2. Weather and tides Group Check weather, sea conditions, current tides and plan voyage and operations accordingly
3. Navigation Individual Demonstrate compliance with:
• IALA Buoyage system ‘A’ – marks, buoys and shapes
• IRPCS (ColRegs)
− Maintain a proper lookout at all times
− Safe speed
− Overtaking
− Head-on situation
− Crossing situation
− Action by give-way vessel
− Action by stand-on vessel
− Responsibilities between vessels
− Risk of collision and action to avoid collision
− Restricted visibility
− Sound signals: port, starboard, astern, unsure of intentions
• Local regulations: speed limits, restrictions etc
Individual Safely use any on-board navigational equipment
4. Manoeuvring Individual Safely manoeuvre the vessel:
• Ahead, astern, port, starboard, figure of 8
• At varying speeds
• On and off the plane (if applicable)
• Control the trim and tilt of the engine
• Berthing and unberthing
• Controlling speed
• Utilising wind/tidal stream/current
• Alongside a floating object
• In a person overboard retrieval
• To anchor and retrieve anchor
• To pick up and release a mooring
• Performing an emergency stop
5. Rope work Group Check lines and ropes and stow correctly
Individual Handle lines/ropes safely and correctly
Individual Tie and use the following knots:
• Bowline
• Clove hitch
• Round turn and two half hitches
• Reef
6. Emergencies Group Identify and check all safety equipment on board and discuss its use
Group Identify potential hazards on board
Group Identify the local rescue services, access and timing
Individual For a simulated emergency:
• Demonstrate use of firefighting equipment
• Demonstrate clear distress calls on marine radio (if applicable)
• Demonstrate communications with passengers and crew in emergency situations
• Outline vessel abandonment procedures
• Don a life jacket and check
General Individual Use correct maritime terminology
Individual Know the operational limits of Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties) and relate to own area of operation
Assessor comments

I agree the participant is competent to operate within the limits of Exemption 38 Marine Safety (Low complexity duties) – Exemption 2017 (No. 2)

D. Trained Assessor approval
Signature of trained assessor
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How to lodge

You do not need to submit this form but the seafarer must carry it with them at all times when working using Exemption 38.

AMSA form: 536
Version: 1 7/18