General Operator Certificate - Australian Government


You will require this certificate if you operate radio installations, radio navigational aids and communication equipment in a vessel.

It is also a requirement of many seafarers certificates that you must hold a current General Operators Certificate.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive this certificate you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old; and
  • Completed an approved course that meets the standard of competence in the STCW Code; or
  • Hold an equivalent certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


5 Years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

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.


Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6279 5664
Fax: 02 6279 5966