Local Knowledge Certificate - Victoria


You require this certificate if you are the master of a commercial vessel and intend to enter or leave an area that the Safety Director has declared to need a Local Knowledge Certificate. These areas are declared in the gazette.

The minimum lengths for vessels who require this certificate are either:

  • trading vessels twelve metres or greater
  • fishing vessels thirty-five metres or greater.

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 certificate, you must:

  • hold a valid certificate of competency for the vessel you are in charge of
  • have done the required training and have obtained the relevant qualifications.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing professional training requirements may apply.


Five years


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Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 2010 Victoria

Application process


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

  • evidence of completed training
  • evidence that you hold a current certificate of competency for the vessel you are in charge of
  • evidence that you have sufficient knowledge and experience within the port waters for which you intend the certificate to apply
  • any other documentation as required by the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Planning

Safe Transport Victoria

Contact details

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