MAR Compass Adjuster

Project Updates

5 February 2020

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project is continuing the development of Training Package materials.

Draft material is expected to be available in April/May 2020 for public consultation and feedback.

5 August 2019


Work on this project has commenced and the Maritime IRC is forming a TAC.

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to develop a new Compass Adjuster Skill Set and one new Unit of Competency aligned to AMSA regulatory and certification requirements.

TAC nominations closed on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.


Shipping companies and vessel operators are required to maintain and manage the performance of ship magnetic compasses to ensure that they remain within acceptable safety limits of deviation. Failure to maintain a magnetic compass in good working condition or to monitor deviations may result in a vessel being delayed or detained and potentially the vessel owner and/or master being prosecuted. If deviations are greater than the acceptable safety limits, a qualified compass adjuster or master of a vessel is required to adjust the compass. Marine Order 27 (Safety of navigation and radio equipment) requires a qualified compass adjuster or master of a vessel to adjust the compass) along with International Marine Orders (IMO) set the qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships, and mandate the requirement for AMSA to ensure Australian seafarers have the required skills and knowledge to operate safely and in compliance with the International Convention for the requirements of compass adjusters and the corresponding Australian regulatory requirements.

The Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed to develop a new Compass Adjuster Skill Set and one new Unit of Competency in response to AMSA regulatory requirements. The project will enable seafarers to gain AMSA certification required for Compass Adjusters. Throughout the project, broad consultation with AMSA will be undertaken to ensure that all required skills and knowledge needs are included within the proposed Skill Set.

The expected submission of the Case for Endorsement will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by 30 October 2020.


The Maritime IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt.

Klausch Schmidt
Industry Manager

Project Deliverables

The project will develop one new Skill Set and one new Unit of Competency that includes mandated training requirements described within AMSA Marine Order 27 (Safety of navigation and radio equipment).

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