Certificate of Operation for a Domestic Commercial Vessel - Tasmania

Service summary

You must apply for a Certificate of Operation if you intend to use a vessel for commercial purposes. Any commercial vessel operating without a Certificate of Operation is operating illegally.

A Domestic Commercial Vessel is one that is for use in connection with a commercial, government or research use. This includes vessels capable of being used in navigation by water, however propelled or moved, including air-cushion vehicles, barges, lighters, submersibles, ferries in chains and wing-in-ground effect craft.

A Certificate of Operation will be issued to a person, or business, who can demonstrate competency and capacity in relation to the safe operation of domestic commercial vessels.

Please note that an existing vessel registration issued by Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) prior to 1 July 2013 will be recognised as the Certificate of Operation under the new national system. However, all existing vessels must obtain a national Certificate of Operation by 2016.

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 you must:

  • Complete the relevant application form and associated documentation;
  • Provide the documents required as evidence to support the application;
  • Lodge the application either in person at your local marine safety agency or by mail; and
  • Pay the fees required by the local marine safety agency.

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


Valid in most cases for 5 years.



Application, assessment and issue of an exemption per hour or part of an hour plus travel costs.


Other resources

Administering agency

Marine and Safety Tasmania

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Marine and Safety Tasmania

Operating address:
5 Franklin Wharf
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address:
Hobart, Tasmania 7001


03 6235 8888


1300 135 513


03 6233 5662

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