Pilotage Exemption Certificate - Western Australia


You will require this certificate if you intend to operate a vessel as its master within a port without using pilotage services. Pilotage services involve approved pilots guiding vessels in and out of ports safely. Pilotage services are compulsory for all vessels of 150 gross tonnes in ports operated by a port authority unless you hold this exemption certificate.

There are currently five port authorities:

  • Fremantle Port Authority
  • Southern Ports Authority
  • Mid West Ports Authority
  • Kimberley Ports Authority
  • Pilbara Ports Authority.

Please consult the relevant Port Authority 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:

  • Hold the appropriate certificate of competency or other qualifications to satisfy the port authority;
  • Have had experience being in control or the master of a vessel moving in and out of a port for the required amount of time to satisfy the port authority;
  • Pay the prescribed fee; and
  • Comply with all other approval specific requirements.

Please consult the relevant Port Authority for further information on eligibility requirements.


As specified on the certificate.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1211.70

Pilotage exemption certificate in respect of the Port of Dampier

Apply Application All $660.00 Pilotage exemption certificate in respect of any other port


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Pilotage Exemption Certificate - Please consult the relevant port authority for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Port Governance Review (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Port Authorities Act 1999 WA

Regulation(s) name

Port Authorities Regulations 2001 WA

Administering agency

Ports Authorities