Certificate of Operation - Australian Government


You will need this certificate if you own a domestic commercial vessel in Australia.

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

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:

  • have a unique vessel identifier
  • have a safety management system for the vessel that complies with the requirements of the Marine Order.



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


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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.