Aerial Applicator Pilot Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you are a pilot and intend to fly an aircraft used to apply, spread or spray pesticides in NSW. A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to destroy or alter the life cycle of any pest. Pesticides are used in commercial, domestic and urban and rural environments and include bactericides, baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents.

Pesticides can only be applied from aircraft that has been endorsed (by the relevant Authority) as suitable for agricultural operations. The Act prohibits the attachment of spray equipment to any aircraft not endorsed for agricultural operations.

You must also hold (or be engaged or employed by the holder of) an aerial applicator business licence.

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 18 or older
  • be a fit and proper person
  • hold a class 1 or class 2 medical certificate
  • hold a current commercial pilot (aeroplane) licence or commercial pilot (helicopter) licence with an agricultural rating or an aerial application rating
  • hold a certificate of approval issued under the Spray Safe Accreditation Program or pass an exam conducted in accordance with the requirements of another state or territory for the purpose of obtaining an equivalent licence.


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -


  • one year - $107.00
  • five years - $425.00.

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $26.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All -


  • one year - $107.00
  • five years - $425.00.

Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Automatic Mutual Recognition (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Pesticides Act 1999 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Pesticides Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

NSW Environment Protection Authority

Contact details

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