A full list of registered pilotage service providers can be found here

Pilot Licensing

The provision of pilotage services is described in Part 7.1 (Provision of Pilotage Services) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) (MSA).

Application for a Marine Pilot Licence for a first-time pilot licence in Victoria can be completed online here

Section 252(1) of the MSA stipulates that the Safe Transport Victoria may grant a Pilot Licence to the Applicant if Safe Transport Victoria is satisfied that the Applicant:

  1. Has the appropriate qualifications, competencies and experience to hold a Pilot Licence; and
  2. Meets the requirements determined by the ST Vic.

The requirements determined by ST Vic are stipulated in the Determination: Licensing and Training Requirements for Marine Pilots in Victorian PortsThe Determination details the licensing and training requirements which result in licensed marine pilots armed with the knowledge, skills and competencies to safely pilot vessels in Victorian Ports.

The Determination was Gazetted on 29 October 2019 and came into effect on 20 January 2020.

Transition arrangements and FAQs for transition to the Determination: Licensing and Training Requirements for Marine Pilots in Victorian Ports

The transition arrangements document (including FAQs) sets out the transitional arrangements that will be applied by the Safety Director in dealing with the transition from what was Standard 6.2 – Training and Licensing of Marine Pilots for Victorian Ports to the Determination: Licensing and Training Requirements for Marine Pilots in Victorian Portswhich came into effect on 20 January 2020.

Things to know before applying

You must meet the minimum eligibility criteria as detailed in the Determination. Licences are ongoing unless suspended or cancelled. For each port, a new application is required.

Eligibility for new licences

To be eligible to be granted a pilot’s licence you must meet the below requirements.

Applications incur an application fee, oral examination fee, and certificate issue fee.

The balance of fees will be calculated by Safe Transport Victoria and you will be sent a request for payment.

A pilot licence cannot be issued until you have paid all fees.


Pilotage Exemption Certificate

A master who holds a pilot exemption for a particular port is exempted from the requirement to engage a pilot with respect to that port.

A master of a vessel may apply to Safe Transport Victoria for an exemption from the requirement to use the services of a pilot in pilot-required waters.

A pilot exemption certificate (PEC) may be issued to a master of a vessel over 35 metres that is regularly visiting the Port of Melbourne, the Port of Geelong, the Port of Hastings, the Port of Portland or any other Victorian port subject to pilotage.

Please refer to Marine Safety Act (Vic) 2010: Division 4—Pilot exemptions

An application for renewal of a pilotage exemption certificate must be made before it expires. You are not able to act as a Pilot Exempt Master once your pilotage exemption certificate has expired.

Please review the Marine Standard 6.3 Training and Certification of Pilot Exempt Masters for Victorian ports

Application for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate can be completed online here

An application for renewal of a pilotage exemption certificate must be made before it expires.

You are not able to act as a Pilot Exempt Master once your pilotage exemption certificate has expired.

Download the form to apply for a renewal here.

Applications incur an application fee, oral examination fee, and certificate issue fee.

The balance of fees will be calculated by Safe Transport Victoria and you will be sent a request for payment.

A pilot exemption certificate cannot be issued until you have paid all fees.

Further information

For further information, please contact [email protected]