Certificate of Operation for a Domestic Commercial Vessel - Tasmania


You must apply for a Certificate of Operation if you intend to use a vessel for commercial purposes. Any commercial vessel operating without a Certificate of Operation is operating illegally.

A Domestic Commercial Vessel is one that is for use in connection with a commercial, government or research use. This includes vessels capable of being used in navigation by water, however propelled or moved, including air-cushion vehicles, barges, lighters, submersibles, ferries in chains and wing-in-ground effect craft.

A Certificate of Operation will be issued to a person, or business, who can demonstrate competency and capacity in relation to the safe operation of domestic commercial vessels.

Please note that an existing vessel registration issued by Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) prior to 1 July 2013 will be recognised as the Certificate of Operation under the new national system. However, all existing vessels must obtain a national Certificate of Operation by 2016.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more 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 you must:

  • complete the relevant application form and associated documentation
  • provide the documents required as evidence to support the application
  • lodge the application either in person at your local marine safety agency or by mail
  • pay the fees required by the local marine safety agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Valid in most cases for 5 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $79.05 -
Apply Exceptions All $130.20

Application, assessment and issue of an exemption per hour or part of an hour plus travel costs.

Apply Licence All $79.05 -
Renew Renewal All $79.05 -
Vary Variation All $23.25 -

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Certificate of Operation (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 TAS

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013 TAS

Administering agency

Marine and Safety Tasmania

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Marine and Safety Tasmania

Operating address: Port Tower Building
Level 1
18 Hunter Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 607
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 1300 135 513
Phone: 03 6235 8888
Fax: 03 6233 5662
Email: admin@mast.tas.gov.au
Website: Marine and Safety Tasmania (Opens in new window)