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.


One 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 $2.80

Per a seat. Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Ferry Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Regulations 1985 Western Australia

Approval time

Within two weeks

Administering agency

Department of Transport

Marine and Coastal

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:

Jetty and Ferry Licensing

Marine and Coastal

Department of Transport

Western Australia
Mailing address: General Post Office Box C102
Perth, Western Australia
Phone: 08 9435 7626
Email: maritime.licensing@transport.wa.gov.au