Boat and PWC Licensing

Getting a boat or PWC licence in Australia

Getting a boat or Personal Watercraft (PWC) licence in Australia is a vital step towards ensuring safe and responsible participation in water-related activities. Whether you’re embarking on leisurely boat journeys across serene lakes or seeking the thrill of riding a PWC through the waves, obtaining the appropriate licenses equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate these vessels confidently and responsibly.

License requirements are designed to enhance water safety, foster responsible conduct and preserve the marine environment. Prospective boaters and PWC enthusiasts are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the licensing procedures specific to their state or territory, ensuring that their aquatic pursuits are not only enjoyable but also compliant with established rules and regulations.


Boat Licences

Boat licensing requirements vary between states and territories in Australia. Some have restrictions based on the age, boat types and engine sizes, others do not require a licence at all. It’s important to understand the differences not only based on where you live but where you plan to use your boat.

PWC Licences

Some states do not distinguish between boats and personal water craft or jetskis, others require you to have a boat licence prior to gaining a PWC licence or endorsement. The costs and restrictions can vary between the two so ensure you carefully investigate the requirements in your state or territory.

As marine licensing laws vary between states in Australia, always check with local maritime safety authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Below are links to each state’s licensing requirements.

New South Wales:
Maritime licences
Boat and personal watercraft licences
Marine licences
South Australia:
Boat Licences
Western Australia:
Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST)
Northern Territory:
Recreational boating
Licensing – Marine and Safety Tasmania
Australian Capital Territory:
Boat licences and registration

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