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General Purpose Hand Courses

A General Purpose Hand attends to a range of duties on a ship, boat or other marine vessel. You might assist passengers, load and unload cargo or carry out other tasks when required. General Purpose Hands might carry out cleaning tasks, perform routine maintenance or help with mooring activities. You might also perform safety checks and report any issues.

General Purpose Hands must be able to follow instructions and work to correct procedures at all times. It’s important you can work as part of a team and communicate clearly with passengers and colleagues. General Purpose Hands should have a high level of physical fitness and be able to perform a range of heavy lifting duties.

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Popular General Purpose Hand Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a General Purpose Hand.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a General Purpose Hand earn?

In Australia, a full time General Purpose Hand generally earns $865 per week ($44,980 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a General Purpose Hand?

The number of people working in this industry has decreased over recent years. There are currently 2,700 people employed as a General Purpose Hand, compared to 3,100 five years ago. General Purpose Hands may find work across regions of Australia where maritime activities are common.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a General Purpose Hand?

If a career as a General Purpose Hand interests you, consider enrolling in a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal). You’ll learn about a range of topics including seamanship, survival and emergency response skills. A Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) may also be appropriate.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within maritime. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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