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Certification Officer

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Work type: full-time
Location: Canberra, Coffs Harbour
Categories: Vessel Safety Unit

Certification Officer

$79,045 to $91,637 + superannuation (15.4%)

Canberra or Coffs Harbour based




The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the safety of international shipping and domestic commercial vessels, protection of the environment from ship sourced pollution and search and rescue nationally. Our operations are diverse; from regulating fishing boats to 345 metre liquefied natural gas tankers, and everything commercial in between. We help protect Australia’s precious marine environments like the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of shipping, and  rescue people in distress in waters surrounding Australia. AMSA’s functions include vessel and seafarer safety, incident management and responding to ship sourced pollution events. 

We work with a range of stakeholders across governments, industry and the community reflecting the complexity, challenges and opportunities of our business. Our vision connects them all and inspires our talented people to make a real difference every day – “Safe and clean seas, saving lives”

AMSA offers unique and interesting career opportunities, and we employ around 440 people across Australia.  To learn more about our organisation please visit our website.



Reporting to the Senior Officer Certification, the Certification Officer is responsible for the administration, data entry, triaging and decisioning of a high volume of applications for vessel and operations related permissions relating to National Law Marine Orders and general exemptions. 

The Certification Officer will liaise regularly with external stakeholders to respond to enquiries about, and provide advice regarding, vessel and operations applications. 



People who are successful in this role will have the following:

  • Demonstrated competency using a customer relationship management system (preferably Microsoft Dynamics) and the Microsoft Office suite of applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge and in depth understanding of the regulatory framework for domestic commercial vessels
  • Ability to communicate clearly on technical and regulatory matters, preferably with maritime stakeholders.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise a variety of competing tasks
  • Ability to transform complex regulatory (& technical) information into easy to understand procedures and responses to stakeholders

For more information about this role, please refer to the position description.

Note: Information about our terms and conditions of employment are contained in the AMSA Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019.



At AMSA we acknowledge the value diversity brings. Given the diversity of our role and our impact and influence on communities right across Australia, it is essential that we can draw on the diversity of our people in order to successfully deliver against our mission as a regulator of “ensuring safe vessel operations, combatting marine pollution and rescuing people in distress”.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with a disability and people from other diverse backgrounds.  You can find more information about AMSA diversity and inclusion initiatives set out in our Diversity and Inclusion Plan here.



Please complete your application on our website via the Careers at AMSA page by 11.55PM, Wednesday, 10 August 2022. You will need to provide:

  • your resume (maximum of 3 pages)
  • a brief cover letter (maximum 800 words) outlining what you will bring to this role.

For any questions regarding the role please contact Rebecca Keen on 02 6279 5856 or

If you have any questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources on



AMSA supports flexible work in recognition of the importance of balancing work and personal commitments. AMSA is committed to a performance-based culture where flexibility is an accepted part of how work gets done.


AMSA does not engage staff under the APS Act. AMSA engages employees under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 and our remuneration arrangements are specific to AMSA. 

Position Description

Advertised: AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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