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.
There are several licence options available depending on your ship station class and whether you are operating on assigned or non-assigned frequencies.

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

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

Service type


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


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


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 should be included with the licence application. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Radiocommunications Licensing and Telecommunications Deployment

Contact details

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

Toll Free: 1300 850 115