Certificate of Survey for a Commercial Vessel - New South Wales

Service summary

You require this certificate if you intend to operate a commercial vessel in Australian waters. A commercial vessel is any vessel that is used for commercial, government or research activities.

This certificate is required for:

  • All new vessels;
  • Vessels that have had their class or specification changed;
  • Vessels that have been significantly modified; and
  • Vessels that have not previously held valid certification.

Please note that your vessel may have to undergo a safety and construction check before it will be certified.

If you plan to operate a vessel commercially in NSW's waters you are advised to contact the NSW Marine Safety Agency for relevant 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 certificate, you must have your vessel inspected and pay the required fees. You may have to provide plans, specifications, certificates, calculations and other information to establish that your vessel and motor adhere to certain safety standards.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information on these requirements.


Valid in most cases for 5 years.



Fees are listed on the attached document.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Operating address:
James Craig Road
New South Wales 2039
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5100
New South Wales 1450




02 95638557


02 95638522

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