Hire and Drive Vessel Operator Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you operate a boat hire business where you allow one or more hire and drive vessels to be hired to people for use on regulated waterways. A hire and drive vessel is a watercraft vessel that is intended to be let, leased, or hired to people, including vessels provided at a holiday establishment for the use of tenants or guests.

Vessels are usually boats with an enclosed engine able to be driven by a person without a boat licence. They may be used for day trips or in the case of houseboats, hired for days or weeks at a time.

Generally, licensing arrangements apply to hire operators of:

  • personal water craft (also known as PWCs or jet skis)
  • mechanically powered hire and drive vessels capable of ten knots or more.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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:

  • be aged sixteen years or over
  • submit an application that contains all the required information
  • be willing to abide by any conditions imposed on your licence
  • possess a relevant and current boat licence
  • have a current certificate of survey for each vessel
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to abide by any conditions placed on your licence by the Agency, including the requirement to display notice of this licence on your vessel. You will also need to:

  • maintain all vessels in a seaworthy state
  • make your vessels available for inspection when required by the agency
  • develop safety management plans for each hire and drive fleet
  • offer pre-trip safety briefing and sign a safety checklist before you hire any vessel (whether mechanically powered or not)
  • display safety information on vessels.


Up to five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Hire and Drive Vessel Operator Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 2010 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulations 2012 Victoria

Application process


Your written application must provide all the required information, including:

  • your name and address
  • the number of vessels to be hired under the permit with details of dimensions of each vessel, the identifying number or mark on each vessel and, if applicable, the name of each vessel
  • a copy of a current certificate of survey for each vessel.

Administering agency

Department of Transport

Transport Safety Victoria

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

Transport Safety Victoria

Department of Transport

Operating address: 121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2797
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1800 223 022
Email: information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au
Website: Transport Safety Victoria (Opens in new window)