Charter Boat Fishery Licence - South Australia

Service summary

Persons or businesses intending to provide charter boat fishing services must obtain a licence. No new licences are being issued, however, licences may be transferred from existing charter boat fishing services.

Charter boat fishing means recreational fishing undertaken from a boat that is being used under an arrangement where money (or some other consideration) is paid for the right to fish from that boat.

A boat will be taken to be used for charter boat fishing even if recreational fishing activities are not the sole or primary purpose for which the boat is being used. For example, a dive charter operator or a shark/whale viewing charter operator will require a Charter Boat Fishery Licence if passengers participate in recreational fishing and/or take fish during the charter trip.

All boats used in charter boat fishing activity must also be registered on the Charter Boat Fishery Licence. To operate as a charter fishing boat, a boat must have a valid Certificate of Survey as a Class 1 or Class 2 boat issued by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

A registered boat must always be in the charge of a registered master who is endorsed on the licence. An application for registration of a person as the master of a boat used pursuant to a licence must be made on the approved form to the Executive Director Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants are:

  • a natural person or company carrying on a charter boat fishing business on or before 28 November 2003; or
  • a natural person or company that was in the process of establishing charter boat fishing business on 28 November 2003.

Aboriginal corporations and incorporated associations may also eligible. Contact the agency for further eligibility criteria.


10 Years, expiring 30 June 2021 (In line with the Charter Boat Fishery Management Plan).


$431 transfer fee; annual fees vary, contact the agency for details

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions, SA
Fisheries Division

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 2007 (South Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (Charter Boat Fishery) Regulations 2016 (South Australia)

Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2007 (South Australia)

Contact details


Operating address:
Level 14
25 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 1625
Adelaide SA 5001





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