Pilot Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to offer pilot services to vessels. Pilot services contribute to the safety of ships by providing navigation in sensitive sea areas around Australia.

Vessels that require pilot services are:

  • 70 metres or greater in length
  • loaded oil tankers
  • loaded chemical carriers
  • loaded liquefied gas carriers
  • vessels operating in the Great North East Channel pilotage area
  • vessels operating in the Hydrographers Passage pilotage area
  • vessels operating in the inner route pilotage area
  • vessels operating in the Whitsundays compulsory pilotage area.

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:

  • be medically fit
  • have satisfactorily completed an approved training course
  • have completed a minimum period of practical experience at sea
  • hold any other relevant accreditation.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Navigation Safety and International Division

Contact details

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