Marine Pilot Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate as a marine pilot. A marine pilot guides ships and vessels through dangerous or congested waters, such as ports, harbours or river mouths. Waters that require a pilot are declared by the State.

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:

  • Have served for a period of not less than 12 months as Master of a vessel within the past 5 years or have held a Pilotage Exemption Certificate for a continuous period of not less than 12 months in respect of the relevant port waters (or equivalent) within the past 5 years; or
  • Have other experience and training which is acceptable to the Agency.

You must also comply with the following:

  • Have a valid Certificate of Competency as Master Class 1 (or equivalent);
  • Apply using the required form; and
  • Pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

Ongoing professional training may be required.


It remains in effect until suspended or cancelled.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Company, Partnership, Trust, Incorporated Association, Other, Co-operative

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

Approval Time

2 weeks.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Transport Safety Victoria

Contact details

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

Maritime Safety

Operating address: 121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2797
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1800 223 022