Marine Pilot Exemption Certificate - Western Australia


You will need this certificate if you are a master of a vessel which is needed to carry a pilot, but you intend to operate without a licensed pilot. Your certificate will specify the particular port or ports within which you are able to act as a pilot.

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 exemption you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have extensive knowledge of a particular port
  • undertake a practical examination
  • submit a certificate of health.

The practical examination will cover:

  • coastal conditions and navigational hazards at the subject port
  • creating nautical charts for the subject port
  • traffic, communications and other local rules for the subject port
  • relevant laws and regulations.


5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $785.70

Fee for each port specified on the certificate. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966 Western Australia

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.