Harbour Master's Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to act as a harbour master. It is a legislative requirement that certain harbours employ a harbour master. All other Victorian harbours have the option to employ a harbour master, but the requirements will most likely vary.

A licensed harbour master is required to:

  • monitor compliance by vessels in certain ports
  • ensure the provision of adequate systems and procedures to ensure safe navigation of vessels including vessel traffic services
  • ensure adequate communications and the publishing and dissemination of information regarding channel lengths, depths and configurations.

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:

  • submit an appropriate application and specify the areas of State waters for which the licence is required
  • be a fit and proper person
  • provide evidence that you have a valid current certificate of competency as a Master Class 1 or equivalent
  • provide evidence that you have sufficient qualifying service and experience appropriate to the State or port waters to which the licence will apply
  • pay the prescribed fees.


Remains in effect unless cancelled or revoked


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Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 2010 Victoria

Application process


You will need to submit your written application, fee, and any associated documents directly with the Agency. You will need to attach to your application:

  • a copy of your certification and documents
  • two passport-sized photographs of yourself
  • a written statement from the channel operator, local port manager or waterway manager (as applicable) that supports your application for the licence, and provides other details, as required.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Planning

Safe Transport Victoria

Contact details

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