Fishing Tour Operator Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to run commercial guided fishing tours in the Northern Territory. Each vessel or craft operating simultaneously requires a licence. Each skipper must be an approved operator and be appointed to conduct tours.

Recreational fishing regulations apply to people on a guided fishing tour. None of their catch can be sold or bartered.

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 a fishing tour operator licence, you must have:

  • a senior first aid certificate
  • $10 million minimum third party liability insurance
  • appropriate Marine qualifications
  • appropriate vessel survey certification
  • a NT driver's licence with an 'H' endorsement
  • a NT tourist Vehicle registration certificate
  • accreditation issued or approved by the NT Motor Vehicle Registry.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Fishing tour operators must submit a logbook return for each commercial guided fishing trip they conduct.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $815.00

Fees for 2021-22

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:

Senior Licensing Officer

Fisheries Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Phone: 08 8999 2370