Coastal Bar Crossing Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you are the master of a vessel and intend to carry passengers across a coastal bar. The licence applies to Class 1 and Class 2 commercial vessels. Please see the attached national standards document for details on vessel classes.

A coastal bar is shallow area which can form at the point where rivers, creeks, lakes, or harbours meet the sea. Please see the attached application form for details of bar locations.

Only experienced drivers should operate a vessel in bar locations. Even in apparently calm conditions vessels can be swamped, damaged or wrecked on bars.

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:

  • submit the application form
  • provide proof of your identity
  • provide evidence of holding a valid Certificate of Competency
  • provide evidence that you have completed at least 10 crossings both inward and outwards of the port for which you require this licence
  • pay the required fee.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $146.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $23.00

Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Boating Handbook - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

NSW Maritime Division

Contact details

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