Fishing Tour Operator's Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a fishing tour for commercial purposes in a tour management zone. A fishing tour is a tour designed to provide an opportunity for recreational fishing.

Your licence will specify which of the four tour management zones you arte authorised to operate in the following regions:

  • Pilbara / Kimberley
  • Gascoyne
  • West Coast
  • South Coast.

There are two kinds of fishing tour licences:

  • an unrestricted fishing tour licence
  • restricted fishing tour licence.

An unrestricted fishing tour licence authorises charter boat-based fishing activities where fish can be taken home at the end of the tour. The number of unrestricted fishing tour licences granted is limited. New unrestricted licences are approved only in exceptional circumstances.

A restricted fishing tour licence authorises mainly eco-type activities, such as snorkelling or scuba diving, with limited fishing activity allowing only for fish to be caught and eaten as a meal during the course of the tour. Tour participants are not allowed to take captured fish home with them at the end of the tour.

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 the master of the boat
  • be a fit and proper person
  • provide a copy of your five-year business plan
  • specify for each boat the name, length and licence number (if any) of the boat
  • specify the maximum number of passengers participating in a tour conducted
  • have sufficient capital resources
  • comply with relevant environmental standards and fisheries management objectives.

Requirements for particular operations may vary. Please consult the Contact Officer directly for further information.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $73.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All -

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

Renew Renewal All $78.00

Renewal application fee. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All -

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

Transfer Transfer All $235.00

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $235.00

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.