Port Authority Pilot Approval - Western Australia


You will require this approval if you intend to be a pilot in a port operated by a port authority.

Please be aware that any vessel moving into or out of a port must have an approved pilot on board. There is to be at least one approved pilot for each port.

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 approval you must:

  • Meet the medical fitness requirements which includes having satisfactory hearing, sight and colour vision and being free from any disease likely to render you unfit as a pilot or likely to endanger the health of others;
  • Have an adequate knowledge of matters the port authority considers important to the safe movement of vessels into, within and out of the port;
  • Be competent and suitably qualified to be approved as a pilot for the port; and
  • Hold a pilotage licence.

Please consult the relevant Port Authority for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Effective for the period set out in the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the relevant Port Authority for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Port Authority Pilot Approval - 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