Approved Operator - Fishing Tour Operation - Northern Territory


You will need this approval if you intend to operate a fishing tour business.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for an approved operator for a fishing tour operation, you must:

  • an interview relevant to the fisheries you are seeking approval for must be completed with an Aquatic Resource Manager.
  • be a fit and proper person.
  • must have a coxswain certificate as a minimum.
  • undertake a National Police Check.

For more information on eligibility, please contact the department.


Approved operator cards will be valid for five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $815.00 Fee for 2020-21.
Apply Transfer All $265.00 Transfer of licence to approved person. Fee for 2020-21.

Additional information

The following conditions will apply to your approved operator - fishing tour operation licence:

  • an Approved Operator identity card must be displayed prominently on the fishing platform at all times while on a commercial tour.
  • an Approved Operator must complete a legible record of fishing activities at the end of each day before clients disembark the vessel or fishing platform.
  • people conducting or assisting the conduct of a fishing tour under this licence may catch fish, but they may not take possession of the fish.

For more information on conditions, please contact the department.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Fisheries Division

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Licensing Officer

Fisheries Licensing

Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Mailing address: GPO BOX 3000
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2393