Charter fishing licence - Queensland


You will need this licence if you intend to conduct fishing trips in offshore waters and charge a fee for the service. Charter fishing operators take paying passengers on fishing trips, including:

  • spear fishing
  • game fishing
  • tag-and-release fishing
  • demersal (bottom) reef fishing
  • guided fishing.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

If your operation affects an area subject to native title, you may have to notify the Indigenous organisation concerned about your proposed operations. If so, you might have to supply additional information.

You may need to pay Queensland stamp duty.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

If your application is successful, you will receive a daily logbook. You must record details of your daily fishing charter and submit these details on a regular basis.


This licence is ongoing while fees are paid


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You can find the current fees here.

Approval time

Generally no longer than 30 days


You can permanently or temporarily transfer an existing licence to another person.

If a third-party interest is registered against a charter fishing licence, you will need to submit the third party's approval to transfer the licence.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland

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:


Fisheries Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2764
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3087 8812
Fax: 07 3229 8182