Marine Pilot Exemption Certificate - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you are a master of a vessel which is required to carry a pilot, but you intend to operate without a licensed pilot. Your certificate will specify the particular port or ports within which you are able to act as a pilot.

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 exemption you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Australia;
  • Have extensive knowledge of a particular port;
  • Undertake a practical examination;
  • Submit a certificate of health;
  • Complete the required forms; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

The practical examination will cover:

  • Coastal conditions and navigational hazards at the subject port;
  • Creating nautical charts for the subject port;
  • Traffic, communications and other local rules for the subject port; and
  • Relevant laws and regulations.

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


Five years.



$1075.97 for the port of Wyndham. $700 for each other port specified in the certificate.


Administering agency

Department of Transport
Transport Services
Marine Safety

Act(s) name

Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Deputy Harbour Master
Department of Transport
Transport Services
Marine Safety

Mailing address:
PO BOX 402
Fremantle, Western Australia 6959


08 9435 7533

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