Fishing Tour Operator Licence - Northern Territory


You will be required to apply for a fishing tour operator licence if you intend to 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 against a licence to conduct tours.

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

Please contact the department, if you require any further 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 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 drivers licence with an ???H?? endorsement
  • a NT Tourist Vehicle registration certificate
  • accreditation issued or approved by the NT Motor Vehicle Registry.

Please contact the department, if you require any further information.


5 Years.


$815 annually.

Cash, Credit Card / EFTPOS, cheque, money order.

Additional information

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

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 NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992183
Fax: 0889992057
Website: Contact NT Fisheries (Opens in new window)