Coastal Bar Crossing Approval - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this approval if you are the master of a vessel and you intend to carry passengers across a coastal bar. This licence applies to Class 1 and Class 2 commercial vessels. Please see the attached national standards document for details on vessel classes.

A coastal bar is shallow area which can form at the point where rivers, creeks, lakes, or harbours meet the sea. Please see the attached application form for details of bar locations.

Only experienced drivers should operate a vessel in bar locations. Even in apparently calm conditions vessels can be swamped, damaged or wrecked on bars.

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

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • Submit the application form;
  • Provide proof of your identity;
  • Provide evidence of holding a valid Certificate of Competency;
  • Provide evidence that you have completed at least 10 crossings both inward and outwards of the port for which you require this approval; and
  • Pay the required fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Commercial Vessels Survey and Certification Team
Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5100
New South Wales 1450


02 9563 8400

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