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In 2016, Casuarina Senior College launched the Darwin Maritime Academy in partnership with the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy (RTO 0649) and Department of Education - Industry, Engagement and Employment Pathways. A facility dedicated to the Darwin Maritime Academy was constructed at the College that included a navigation classroom, wheel house simulator room, engineering workshops and storage for the Academy vessel and vehicle.

The Darwin Maritime Academy provides students in the greater Darwin area with training and pathways into maritime careers as deck officers, marine engineers and maritime transport, logistics and tourism. 

Training is provided as a cluster arrangement, with other Darwin, Palmerston and Rural government and non-government schools. A specific target group will be Indigenous students from coastal communities attending boarding facilities in the Greater Darwin Area.

MAR20318 Certificate II Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) is a combination of work health and safety, survival at sea, navigation and marine engineering theory, with practical training involving fighting fires aboard a vessel, survival at sea, deck, engineering and boat handling skills.

Students undertaking the Maritime Industry Pathway are able to integrate their compulsory learning with their VET qualifications, enabling them to complete their NTCET, and in some cases, achieve an ATAR. The completion of the Certificate II qualifications will be recognised towards Stage 1 of the NTCET.



Casuarina Senior College builds a culture and environment where young adults are confident to take responsibility for their learning. This environment is developed through mutual trust, respect and care between students, staff and the broader community.