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Job description

Controls and manages the operation and maintenance of ships, boats and marine equipment.

In this occupation you must be registered with or obtain a license from a local authority in the state or territory where you want to practice your occupation. Contact the local authority in your relevant state or territory to inquire about the licensing or registration requirements.


  • Maintain deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and fire fighting appliances.
  • Lookout at sea and alert deck officers when other vessels, navigation marks or hazards are sighted,  steer the ship under supervision.
  • Secure cargoes and splice wires and ropes.
  • Handle rope and wire mooring lines, gangways and ladders when the ship is berthing and unberthing.
  • Maintain cleanliness of decks and structures.
  • Remove rust, treat and paint the ship’s sides and structures.
  • Assist in maintaining and repairing the ship’s engines and mechanical equipment.
  • Clean the cargo compartment and the fresh water, ballast and oil tanks of the ship.

Eligibility Criteria

This occupation has varying levels of skills, ranging from Diploma to Bachelor Degree or higher. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Pay Scale

The pay scale ranges between AUD$50,000 – AUD$228,800 and the median being AUD$98,114.