Marine Pilot Exemption Certificate - Western Australia


You will require this certificate if you are a master of a vessel which is required 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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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;
  • Complete the required forms; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

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; and
  • Relevant laws and regulations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

$1075.97 for the port of Wyndham. $700 for each other port specified in the certificate.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Marine Pilot Exemption Form - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 WA

Regulation(s) name

Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966 WA

Administering agency

Department of Transport

Transport Services

Marine Safety

Contact details

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

Deputy Harbour Master

Marine Safety

Transport Services

Department of Transport

Mailing address: PO BOX 402
Fremantle, Western Australia 6959
Phone: 08 9435 7533