Harbour Master's Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to act as a harbour master. It is a legislative requirement that certain harbours employ a harbour master. All other Victorian harbours have the option to employ a harbour master, but the requirements will most likely vary. A licensed harbour master is required to:

  • monitor compliance by vessels in certain ports
  • ensure the provision of adequate systems and procedures to ensure safe navigation of vessels including vessel traffic services
  • ensure adequate communications and the publishing and dissemination of information regarding channel lengths, depths and configurations.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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 licence, you must:

  • submit an appropriate application and specify the areas of State waters for which the licence is required
  • be a fit and proper person
  • provide evidence that you have a valid current certificate of competency as a Master Class 1 or equivalent
  • provide evidence that you have sufficient qualifying service and experience appropriate to the State or port waters to which the licence will apply
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Remains in effect unless cancelled or revoked.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.



Application for Harbour Master's Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



You will need to submit your written application, fee, and any associated documents directly with the Agency. You will need to attach to your application:

  • A copy of your certification and documents;
  • Two passport-sized photographs of yourself; and
  • A written statement from the channel operator, local port manager or waterway manager (as applicable) that supports your application for the licence, and provides other details, as required.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Transport Safety Victoria

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 2010 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Transport Safety Victoria

Operating address:
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2797
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1800 223 022


03 9655 6611


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