General Description

DECK AND FISHING HANDS maintain ships’ equipment and structures, and catch fish, crustacea and molluscs.


Indicative Skill Level

ANZSCO Skill Level: 4

In Australia the majority of occupations in this unit group have:

  • AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand the majority of occupations in this unit group have:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


Task Information

  • handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
  • standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship’s course as directed
  • assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
  • patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
  • performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
  • casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
  • preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
  • hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life
  • sorting, cleaning, preserving, stowing and refrigerating catch


Occupations in this group:

(1)899211 DECK HAND

Alternative Title: Seafarer
Performs maintenance and lookout tasks aboard a ship.

Specialisations: Barge Hand、Ferry Hand、Tug Hand

(2)899212 FISHING HAND

Alternative Title: Fishing Boat Mate
Catches fish, crustacea and molluscs using nets, pots, lines and traps in ocean and inland waters.

Specialisations: Cray Fishing Hand、Prawn Trawler Hand、Purse Seining Hand

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