Marine Surveyor – ANZSCO 231215

Marine Surveyor surveys machines and hulls of ships to ensure they are constructed, equipped and maintained according to safety standards, rules and regulations laid down by marine authorities. Registration or licensing may be required.
Skill Level
Alternative Titles
  • Ship’s Surveyor
Skills Assessment Requirement

Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.

Skills Assessment authority for Marine Surveyor is Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Certification Requirement
    • The applicant must have a certificate that is issued by a recognised maritime administration of a country that is a signatory to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention)
      • Marine Surveyor qualification
    • In general, an applicant is required to demonstrate:
      • Certificate of Competency
      • Seagoing Service to demonstrate experience on eligible vessels
      • Completion of an approved study program
      • Trained in required safety procedures – i.e., medical care, firefighting, security awareness
      • Hold required certificates – i.e., survival crafts, radio operators, medical fitness
      • Passed final assessment
    • English Language Requirement
      • Applicant must be competent in the English language to a level that the individual can understand directions and documents to perform their duties
Potential Visa Pathways for Marine Surveyor
ANZSCOOccupationSkills Assessment189190485 (Graduate Work)491 (State)491 (Family)186 (Direct)407 (Training)494 (regional Sponsored)482 (TSS Medium Term)
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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 a bachelor degree or higher qualification. 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 (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

Subclass 494 visa – Skilled Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.

This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.


At least 3 years full-time work experience in the nominated occupation.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


Must be under 45 years of age, unless exempt.

Be Sponsored

Must be sponsored by an Australian regional employer.

Job Outlook

  • $2,123 AUD

    Weekly Earnings

  • 82%

    Work full time hours

  • Moderate

    Growth expected in the next 5 years

  • 2% female

    Gender share

  • 45 hours

    Average full-time

  • High skill

    Skill level rating

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