Certificate of Operation (Maritime) - New South Wales


You must apply for a Certificate of Operation if you intend to use a vessel for commercial purposes. Any commercial vessel operating without a Certificate of Operation is operating illegally.

A Domestic Commercial Vessel is one that is for use in connection with a commercial, government or research use. This includes vessels capable of being used in navigation by water, however propelled or moved, including air-cushion vehicles, barges, lighters, submersibles, ferries in chains and wing-in-ground effect craft.

A Certificate of Operation will be issued to a person, or business, who can demonstrate competency and capacity in relation to the safe operation of domestic commercial vessels.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • complete the relevant application form and associated documentation
  • provide the documents required as evidence to support the application
  • lodge the application either in person at your local marine safety agency or by mail
  • pay the fees required by the local marine safety agency.

Please contact the Agency for more information.


1 year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Commercial Vessel Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013 NSW

Administering agency

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

NSW Maritime Division

Contact details

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


NSW Maritime Division

Roads and Maritime Services

Transport for NSW

Operating address: James Craig Road
New South Wales 2039
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5100
New South Wales 1450
Phone: 02 9563 8557
Phone: 13 12 56
Fax: 02 9563 8522
Email: contactus@rms.nsw.gov.au