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 $835.00

Fees for 2022-23

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.