Membership of the Company offers a number of different benefits.
The Company works to keep maritime matters at the forefront of our representative’s minds, and to educate and advocate on issues that are important to us all. We base these efforts on the needs and views of our members, so we can give you a voice.
We organise and attend events that recognise your achievements as a master mariner, or supporter of master mariners, and to maintain the prestige which this profession rightly deserves. We also look forward to the needs of future mariners, who will reach their career pinnacle in a very different operating environment – which we as a Company needs to adjust to. We believe it is important that the vast combined wisdom of our older members is available to the master mariners of today and those of tomorrow, and that the passing of the baton is encouraged and enjoyed.
Socialising and networking – Branch Membership
Equally important are the social advantages of membership, which can best be accessed by joining your local branch. While each branch operates under the same structure, they have their own unique style. These differences reflect history, the nature of the maritime industry in each area and the interests and needs of the membership in that region. To get a feel for your local branch, you are welcome to attend meetings/events as a non-member. Just contact your local branch secretary here (link). We are sure you will find passionate and interesting mariners to share a story with and make many useful contacts.
If distance or other commitments mean branch membership is not beneficial to you, you are welcome to join the Federal Branch, which will allow you to have a voice on issues of the day, receive our magazine, and receive membership discounts at Federal events such as our biennial conference - as well as generally supporting us in our quest to support you!
How to Join
Two types of membership are available to new applicants. These are:
A person may be admitted as an Ordinary member if he or she:
- holds a Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency ;
- holds an overseas equivalent recognised by AMSA ;
- holds a Master Class 2 Certificate of Competency; or
- is an R A N Officer with the rank of Lieutenant Commander ( Executive Branch) and above.
A person may be admitted as an Associate Member if he or she is not otherwise eligible for Ordinary membership but wishes to be associated with the activities of the Company and is seen as having qualifications or expertise conducive to furthering the objectives of the Company.
Application for membership
An application for membership should be made on the application form (please download from the attached PDF file). This form accompanied by the nomination fee should be handed to a member of the nearest Branch Court. In the case of an application for Ordinary membership the Court member will need to see proof of your qualification as listed above and will endorse the application form accordingly.