Marine Pilot Licence - Tasmania


If you intend to provide the services of a licensed marine pilot for the port operator (TasPorts) you will require this licence. A marine pilot is required to pilot commercial and recreational vessels over 35 metres in length within a Tasmanian pilotage area unless the master or vessel pilot holds an exemption.

There are two licences that form the marine pilots licence, the restricted and the unrestricted. Please refer to the marine pilotage code for more information.

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 for this licence you must:

  • hold a valid and approved current certificate of competency, or have other approved experience and qualifications determined equivalent by the authority
  • hold an authorised pilot's licence or show proof of an approved form of service as a first mate in the previous year
  • demonstrate an ability to speak English to a standard that would allow you to safely discharge the duties and responsibilities of a pilot
  • submit an application on an approved form
  • pay any prescribed fees
  • accompany your application with any other documentation as requested, such as a medical certificate.

Before an application for a pilot's licence is granted you must undertake any voyages and training and pass any examinations required by the Agency and relevant port authorities. Exemptions and restricted licences may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licence is valid for 12 months. Renewal available every year following.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Marine Pilotage Code - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine and Safety Authority Act 1997 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Marine and Safety (Pilotage and Navigation) Regulations 2017 Tasmania

Lodgement process


Your application must be lodged with the relevant port authority and will be assessed by Marine and Safety Tasmania.

Administering agency


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:


Operating address: 90 - 110 Willis Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Mailing address: PO BOX 1060
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Phone: 1300 366 742
Website: TasPorts (Opens in new window)