Certificate of Operation - Australian Government


You will need a Certificate of Operation if you own a domestic commercial vessel in Australia. By law, all domestic commercial vessels are required to have a certificate of operation.

A certificate of operation outlines the conditions of which a vessel or fleet of vessels must operate. Such details include the vessels used in operations, how and where the vessel can operate and what crew are required to operate a vessel.

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 any required forms and present evidence required specified in the forms
  • have a unique vessel identifier
  • comply with operational requirements specified in Marine Order 504 2018
  • pay any prescribed fees.

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



Five years, unless an earlier date is mentioned on the certificate.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 504 (Certificates of operation - national law) 2018 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000
Email: shipsafetyreqs@amsa.gov.au