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8992 Deck and Fishing Hands

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

8992 Deck and Fishing Hands

Deck and Fishing Hands maintain ships' equipment and structures, and catch fish, crustacea and molluscs.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

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

In New Zealand:

  • 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.

Tasks Include:

  • 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:

  • 899211 Deck Hand
  • 899212 Fishing Hand

899211 Deck Hand

Alternative Title:

  • Seafarer

Performs maintenance and lookout tasks aboard a ship.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Barge Hand
  • Ferry Hand
  • Tug Hand

899212 Fishing Hand

Catches fish, crustacea and molluscs using nets, pots, lines and traps in ocean and inland waters.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Cray Fishing Hand
  • Deep Sea Commercial Fishing Hand