Fishing Tour Operator Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to run commercial guided fishing tours. You will also need to acquire an approved operator card before you can obtain this licence. Once approved as a fishing tour operator, you will receive an identity card from the department.

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.

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:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • must have a coxswain certificate as a minimum
  • undertake a National Police Check.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $890.00

Fees for 2023-24

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.