Deck Hand – ANZSCO 899211

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Performs maintenance and lookout tasks aboard a ship.

Skill Level


Alternative Titles

  • Seafarer


  • Barge Hand
  • Ferry Hand
  • Tug Hand

Skills Assessment Authority


No caveats apply to this occupation.

Group: 8992 Deck and Fishing Hands


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


  • 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

Skill Level

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

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