Catalogue Entries

Automatic Identification System

This module has been designed to provide you with an introduction to the Automatic Identification System (AIS).

The AIS is a Very High Frequency (VHF) radio broadcasting system that enables AIS-equipped vessels and shore-based stations to send and receive information that identifies them, which can then be displayed on a computer or chart plotter.

This eLearning course will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

After completing this module, you will have a better understanding of: 
  • what AIS is and how it works 
  • shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) (Class A and Class B) 
  • non-shipborne AIS 
  • AIS equipment, and 
  • some benefits and limitations of AIS.

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Conduct Air Search Operations (ASO-3)

This module has been developed to provide an understanding of how to conduct air search operations.

The Air Search Observer program is designed to provide you with an understanding of: 
  • how to plan for and participate in air search activities 
  • how to conduct air search operations 
  • how to respond to aircraft emergencies 
  • how to survive at sea, and 
  • how to conduct post operation activities.

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Conduct Post Operation Activities (ASO 6)

This is the sixth module of the Air Search Observer Program and has been developed to provide an understanding of how to conduct post operation activities.

The Air Search Observer program is designed to provide you with an understanding of: 
  • how to plan for and participate in air search activities 
  • how to conduct air search operations 
  • how to respond to aircraft emergencies 
  • how to survive at sea, and 
  • how to conduct post operation activities

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Domestic Vessel Pre-Accreditation Interview Preparedness Check

Do you want to be an accredited marine surveyor under the National Law? This online quiz is aimed at assisting those who are aspiring to be accredited domestic commercial vessel surveyors under the National Law.

The purpose of this module is to allow you to assess your own preparedness for a National Law surveyor accreditation interview.


Accreditation of marine surveyors is provided under Schedule 1 of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (the National Law) and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013 (the Regulation). 

 Whilst there isn't a pass or fail mark for this quiz, it is expected that applicants for accreditation will be able to answer most questions correctly and have a thorough understanding of the relevant parts of the National Law regulatory framework. A score of 80% is considered indicative of a reasonable level of knowledge. Your results from this module will not be used as part of the accreditation process. 

This is a self-assessment tool designed to assess your own readiness to become an accredited marine surveyor under the National Law.

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Introduction to Air Search Observer (ASO 1)

Welcome to the Air Search Observer program. We recommend that you start here, at the beginning with ASO 1 -  Introduction to Air Search Observer. 


The Air Search Observer program is designed to provide you with an understanding of: 
  •  how to plan for and participate in air search activities 
  •  how to conduct air search operations 
  •  how to respond to aircraft emergencies 
  •  how to survive at sea, and 
  •  how to conduct post operation activities.

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Module 1: Introduction to National Plan and Incident Management

This course forms part of the Pollution Response series and we recommend you complete the following related courses:

  • Introduction to Oil Spills
  • Health and Safety in an Oil Spill, and
  • Introduction to Chemical Spills.

Module 1 of this program will provide you with an awareness of how Australia combat pollution in the marine environment under Australia’s National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies.


At the successful completion of this course you will be able to: 
  • Define the National Plan 
  • Outline how legislation supports the National Plan 
  • Define the National Plan funding principles 
  • Identify the various divisions of responsibility and the National Plan management structure 
  • Understand appropriate response methods to an incident using the key principles of incident management, and 
  • Have an overview of oil spill response tools and strategies.

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Module 2 - Introduction to Oil Spills

This course forms part of the Pollution Response series and we recommend you complete the following related courses:

  • Introduction to National Plan and Incident Management
  • Health and Safety in an Oil Spill, and
  • Introduction to Chemical Spills.

Module 2 of this program will provide you with an awareness of how we combat pollution in the marine environment under Australia’s National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies.

At the successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 
  • Understand and define different types of oil 
  • Understand how oil spills are responded to effectively and efficiently 
  • Understand how response priorities are determined, and 
  • Understand how to report ship sourced pollution..

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Module 3 - Health and Safety in an Oil Spill

This course forms part of the Pollution Response series and we recommend you complete the following related courses:

  • Introduction to National Plan and Incident Management 
  • Introduction to Oil Spills, and
  • Introduction to Chemical Spills.
This module will provide you with an awareness of how we combat pollution in the marine environment under Australia’s National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies.

At the successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 
  • Identify key safety regulations relevant to your State or Territory 
  • Define the different types of oil Identify potential hazards and risks when working with oil 
  • Wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to an incident, and 
  • Identify the inclusions of a health and safety plan for your site.

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Module 4 - Introduction to Chemical Spills

This course forms part of the Pollution Response series and we recommend you complete the following related courses:

  • Introduction to National Plan and Incident Management 
  • Introduction to Oil Spills, and
  • Introduction to Health and Safety at Oil Spills.
This course will provide you with an awareness of how we combat pollution in the marine environment under Australia’s National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies.

At the successful completion of this course you will be able to: 
  • Recognise chemical incidents and hazards 
  • Understand how to assess chemical spills, and 
  • Identify chemical spill response methods

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Prepare for Air Search Operations (ASO 2)

This is the second module in the Air Search Observer program and has been developed to provide an understanding of how to prepare for air search operations.


The Air Search Observer Program is designed to provide you with an understanding of: 
  • how to plan for and participate in air search activities 
  • how to conduct air search operations how to respond to aircraft emergencies 
  • how to survive at sea, and 
  • how to conduct post operation activities.

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Respond to Aircraft Emergencies (ASO 4)

This module has been developed to provide an understanding of how to respond to aircraft emergencies. 

The Air Search Observer program is designed to provide you with an understanding of: 
  • how to plan for and participate in air search activities 
  • how to conduct air search operations 
  • how to respond to aircraft emergencies 
  • how to survive at sea, and 
  • how to conduct post operation activities

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