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AMSA Vocational Near Coastal Seafaring Indigenous Scholarship

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is Australia's national agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime aviation search and rescue. AMSA are motivated by their vision of Safe and clean seas, saving lives.

As Australia's national regulatory body, AMSA promote the safety and protection of the marine environment and combat ship-sourced pollution. AMSA provide the infrastructure for safety of navigation in Australian waters, and maintain a national search and rescue service for the maritime and aviation sectors.



Available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who are commencing a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24m near coastal) followed by the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 near coastal) at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in the first half of 2021.

Selection will be based on the applicant's aspiration to work in the industry and having career goals which align with AMSA's vision and mission.

IMPORTANT: Applicants who apply for this scholarship MUST meet the Commonwealth definition of Aboriginality to be eligible. The Commonwealth definition of who is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is as follows:

- is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;

- who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person; and

- is accepted as such by the community in which he/she lives.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied throughout the course.

Applicants must also be willing to complete a pre and post scholarship survey aimed at monitoring the impact of the AMSA scholarship.


Tuition fees and accommodation for one semester valued at approximately $8,500.


One semester

Closing Date

28 February 2021


Apply online prior to closing date. Applications cannot be submitted after closing date. As applicants will be assessed on the quality of application, all questions should be answered in full. Please ensure care is taken with spelling and grammar.

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