Sydney Harbour Wharf Access Authorisation - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you operate a commercial vessel (such as a ferry or charter boat) and intend to use the network of commuter and charter wharves in Sydney Harbour and its tributaries. This includes any pier, jetty, landing stage or dock managed by the Authority within Sydney Harbour. There are three ways you can obtain a wharf authorisation:

  • A contract or agreement between you and the Authority;
  • A permit or voucher issued under the Commuter Wharf Permit Scheme; or
  • A booking made through the Charter Wharf Booking System.

The Wharf Access Policy provides further details on the options available for your individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.



Fees are listed on the attached document.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Act(s) name

Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Ports and Maritime Administration Regulation 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Production Services
Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5100
New South Wales 1450


13 12 36


02 9563 8425

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