Maritime Ship Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to operate maritime radiocommunications equipment using 27 MHz and VHF frequencies. Individual apparatus licences are required for:

  • vessels carrying MF/HF marine radio equipment (ship station class B)
  • trading vessels under Commonwealth survey (ship station class C)
  • all coast stations.

All radiocommunications equipment covered by this licence must be under the control of a qualified operator at all times.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Apparatus licences may be issued for periods varying from one day to up to five years. However, the most common period is one year.


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Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Radiocommunications (Maritime Ship Stations 27 MHz and VHF) Class Licence 2015 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Radiocommunications Licensing and Telecommunications Deployment

Contact details

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