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Certificates of operation

If you own a domestic commercial vessel in Australia, you are required to obtain a Certificate of operation.

All domestic commercial vessels are required to have a Certificate of operation unless they are exempt.

You are required to obtain a Certificate of operation before starting any operations.

Vessels used for certain kinds of operations may be exempt from the requirement to have a Certificate of operation. Details about the types of operations that may be exempt, are contained in:

Certificate of operation

A Certificate of operation describes the conditions under which a vessel (or fleet of vessels) must operate, and details:

  • the vessels used in the operation
  • how and where the vessels can operate
  • crew required to operate a vessel safely.

The Certificate of operation also sets out the need for a safety management system and is valid for up to five years. 

How to apply for, or renew a Certificate of operation

Complete an Application for a certificate of operation for domestic commercial vessels form.

Applications and payments must be made to your local marine safety agency.

Change of operation

Complete the Notification of change to, or replacement of a certificate form.

Applications and payments must be made to your local marine safety agency.

Change of vessel owner

Complete the Notification of change of ownership form.

Applications and payments must be made to your local marine safety agency.

You must also notify your local marine safety agency within 14 days after your vessel is modified, sunk or scrapped.

Last updated: 10 November 2017
Last reviewed: 10 November 2017