Marine Pilots Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to act as a pilot of a vessel in a pilotage port. A marine pilot is an experienced seafarer who assists masters of visiting commercial vessels in ports.

Pilotage is compulsory in every pilotage port, meaning that a master of a vessel cannot enter, leave or move within a pilotage port with a vessel before taking on board the marine pilot made available by the pilotage service provider for that port. Please note that you cannot act as the marine pilot of a vessel in a pilotage port unless you have been authorised to do so by the relevant pilotage service provider for that port.

A pilotage port means any of the following ports:

  • Sydney Harbour
  • Botany Bay
  • Newcastle
  • Port Kembla
  • Yamba
  • Eden.

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:

  • meet the health requirements set out in the marine pilotage code
  • hold a relevant qualification
  • provide evidence of your competence to carry out unsupervised duties as a marine pilot in the relevant pilotage port.

Relevant qualifications include either:

  • a certificate of competency under Australian Government legislation as a master for the gross tonnage of the vessel to be piloted
  • a certificate of recognition issued in Australian Government legislation in relation to an international qualification equivalent to a certificate of competency
  • a marine pilot's licence from another Australian jurisdiction (other than a coastal pilot licence), and at least one year's experience piloting all vessels in the port to which the licence relates
  • a demonstrated level of competency equivalent to any of the above qualifications.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $528.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $23.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $264.00

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $12.00

Extend licence to add a new port. Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Marine Pilotage Code Volume 1 - 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

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