Fishing Boat Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to control or operate a boat for commercial fishing purposes. Commercial fishing is fishing for financial gain or reward. If you are the person who is in day to day control of a boat used for commercial fishing then you must ensure that the boat has a current fishing boat licence. Please note that a copy of this licence must be carried on-board the boat at all times.

You may need to install an approved automatic location communicator (ALC) on your fishing boat as a part of the fishing boat licence. If this is the case, then the installation, use, servicing and testing of the ALC must be carried out in accordance to approved directions.

This licence does not authorise you to undertake commercial fishing. Every person who fishes from your boat must hold a separate commercial fishing licence (unless that person is a participant in a fishing tour on the boat).

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 a fit and proper person
  • satisfy the agency that it is in the interests of the fishing industry to grant the licence
  • have obtained a certificate of survey for your boat
  • have a name for your boat different from that of any other licensed fishing boat.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $92.00

Fishing boat licence. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All -

Fishing boat licence:

  • longer than 6.5 m - $315.00
  • shorter than 6.5 m - $85.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All -

Authorisation fees apply - information is in the attached fee resource.

Renew Renewal All -

Renewal fees apply - information is in the attached fee resource.

Transfer Transfer All $463.00

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $463.00

Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Act(s) name

Fish Resources Management Act 1994 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 Western Australia

Lodgement process


Please submit your application with the required fees.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Contact details

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