Ferry Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a ferry. A ferry is any vessel, including a hovercraft, that is used to carry passengers for payment. Your licence will specify the routes on which you can travel, and the area in which you can operate your ferry.

This licence is not needed for vessels operating charter trips, fishing/underwater diving excursions, or those engaged in emergency operations.

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 a ferry licence, you must:

  • submit your intended plan of operation and routes
  • have access to necessary jetties
  • have public liability insurance.

In assessing your application, the agency may take into account the interests of persons requiring transport to be provided and of the community generally.


1 year or for a particular purpose of specified duration.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2.95

Per seat (based on maximum licensed capacity). Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Regulations 1985 Western Australia

Approval time

Within 2 weeks

Administering agency

Department of Transport


Contact details

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