Pilot licence - Queensland


You require this licence if you intend to pilot a ship of 50 metres or more within a Queensland compulsory pilotage area.

The agency may grant a master an exemption from pilotage within a Queensland compulsory pilotage area. A Pilotage Exemption Certificate will only be endorsed for the master for a particular ship or class of ship for, a particular compulsory pilotage area or part thereof. Exemptions are not available for offshore berths in Queensland.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • undertake the relevant training, including undertaking a prescribed number of trips as an observer
  • be a suitable person to hold the licence
  • obtain a certificate of medical fitness date within one year of application
  • hold an appropriate and valid licence to conduct the ship, or class of ships as its master.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will be required to undertake continuing professional development to maintain this licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Please contact the administering agency for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Maritime Safety 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:

Maritime Safety Queensland

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Phone: 13 74 68 General enquiries
Phone: 07 3328 4811 General enquiries - international callers
Phone: 13 23 80 Registration and licensing
Contact us website: Contact a regional office (Opens in new window)
Website: Maritime Safety Queensland (Opens in new window)