Safe Transport Victoria is the state’s marine safety agency and is responsible for the administration of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) (MSA) and the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) (MSR).

Under the MSA, the Safety Director’s functions include the issuing of recreational Marine Licences (Marine Licence) To obtain a general operator or restricted Marine Licence, a person must (among other requirements):

  • provide documented evidence of evidence of identity and age, and
  • undergo any training about the operation of recreational vessels that the Safety Director considers appropriate.

Applicants for a marine licence or PWC endorsement can establish their competence by successful completion of formal training and assessment by an Accredited Training Provider.

This application is to be used to apply to the Safety Director for accreditation to provide the prescribed service of Training and Assessment pursuant to section 271D(1) of the MSA and regulation 131 of the MSR.

Safe Transport Victoria will consider applications to deliver Training and Assessment which leads to the qualifying of applicants for a licence to be a Master of a Recreational Vessel (‘Marine Licence’).

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • For Marine Licence training and testing, the extent to which any Training & Assessment Strategy and Lesson Plan is considered to deliver the National Maritime Safety Committee’s Guidelines for Recreational Boat Operator Competencies, in accordance with best practice in training and assessment. The MSV Maritime ATP Training Standards provides guidance on the level of detail required.
  • The applicant’s current status as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and as a legal entity with a business name registered in the State of Victoria.
  • The applicant’s experience in delivering training and education in the maritime sector or similar environment. Entities will be expected to demonstrate that the business principals have at least twelve months experience in delivering training and assessment within the maritime sector or a similar environment. This training and assessment should be as part of a program accredited by a state or federal regulator, industry peak body or equivalent and should be tailored towards licensing or permitting a defined activity.
  • The applicant’s ability to satisfy insurance requirements in terms of Workers’ Compensation (where the ATP pays or expects to pay more than the rateable remuneration set by the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic)), Professional Liability and Public Indemnity at the time of application. Existing insurance certificates, or written evidence that such insurance will be made available to the applicant in the event that they are successful, will be accepted. This is a mandatory requirement.
  • The applicant’s access to professional training facilities and resources. Applicants should refer to the MSV Maritime ATP Training Standards for guidance on the level of the requirements for these issues.

The Training and Assessment Strategy should address the following, as a minimum:

  • How the training staff will be recruited and kept updated with current issues in the maritime environment,
  • How the evidence of identity for applicants will be collected and recorded, with an emphasis on privacy and accuracy,
  • How training venues are to be assessed and reviewed for suitability and compliance with relevant occupational health and safety laws,
  • A brief outline of how course delivery will occur including the estimated duration of the course. Include a description of how participants with poor language, literacy and numeracy skills will be identified before the commencement of training,
  • A brief outline of the process for assessing applicants, including an estimate of the duration of the assessment,
  • A description of your process for continuing review of course content and delivery, and for ensuring consistency amongst your trainers, and
  • Insert a brief outline of how and how frequently feedback will be collected from participants and how this feedback will be used to improve the quality of training and assessment.

Marine Licence Training – Application for Accreditation

Application for Accreditation Form

Training Provider Details

Training Provider Head Office


Principal place of business (if different from above)


Nominated Principal

The Nominated Principal is the person who has the authority to act on behalf of the Training Entity in relation to all matters under the MSV Maritime ATP General Terms and Conditions.

Nominated Liaison Officer

The Nominated Liaison Officer is the person who has day-to-day charge of the work to be performed in relation to the MSV Maritime ATP General Terms and Conditions.
Details of all staff who will be signing Certificates of Attainment if not the Nominated Principal or Liaison Officer
First name
Last name
Position title

List the towns or suburbs the course will be delivered

Enter towns or suburbs below(Required)

Supporting documentation

Max. file size: 100 MB.

Accredited Training Provider, or ATP means the entity accredited by MSV to conduct the Marine Licence Training and the Marine Licence Test and where the context admits includes its employees, sub-contractors, and agents;
ATP Accreditation means the accreditation granted by the Safety Director to the relevant entity pursuant to section 271F of the MSA as specified in the letter of Accreditation between the Safety Director and the ATP;.

Approved Location means a location listed in this ATP accreditation;

Business means the business of providing approved training and assessment for Training and Assessment purposes;
Business Days means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday appointed under the Public Holidays Act 1993 including any day appointed by the Minister under section 7 (1) (a) of that act applicable to the Melbourne metropolitan area.;
Certificate of Attainment means the certificate, provided by the Safety Director or the ATP, for issue to Eligible Applicants who have passed the Training and Assessment;
Code of Practice for the purpose of privacy provisions means a code of practice as defined in, and approved under, the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic);
Commencement Date means the commencement of the ATP’s accreditation as specified in the ATP Accreditation;
Completion Date means the date of completion specified in the ATP Accreditation;
Eligible Applicant means a person who:

(a)        in the case of an applicant for a general marine licence under section 53 of the MSA satisfies the age requirement in section 53(1)(a)(i) of the MSA; or

(b)        in the case of an applicant for a restricted marine licence under section 54 of the MSA, satisfies the age requirement in section 54(1)(a)(i) of the MSA; and

(c)        is not ineligible to apply for a Marine Licence,

and has provided satisfactory evidence of identity to the ATP as outlined in the MSV Maritime ATP Administration Procedures.

Information includes information or data, whether:

(a)        written, graphical, electronic, oral or in any other form, irrespective of the form in which it was originally provided;

(b)   provided in writing, graphically, electronically, orally or in any other way.

Information Privacy Principles means the principles so identified and set out in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic);
Intellectual Property includes all intellectual property rights, title to, and interests in any jurisdiction whether protectable by statute, at common law or in equity, including without limitation:

(a)          patents, trademarks, service marks, copyright, registered designs, trade names, domain names, symbols and logos;

(b)      patent applications and applications to register trade marks, service marks and designs; and

(c)          techniques, computer programme code, specifications, rights in circuit layouts, ideas, concepts, know-how, data, inventions, discoveries, developments, trade secrets, information and logical sequences (whether or not reduced in writing or other machine or human readable form),

and includes any improvements, advancements, modifications, discoveries and developments arising in relation to any of these.

Key Personnel means the persons nominated by the ATP to perform the training and assessment and includes Nominated Principals, Nominated Liaison Officers, relevant managers, trainers and assessors and administrative staff;
Law means Commonwealth, Victorian and local government legislation, including regulations, by-laws and other subordinate legislation; judicial, administrative or regulatory decrees, judgments or orders, standards, procedures as amended from time to time;
Liaison Officer means the person nominated by the ATP to be the contact person in relation to the provision of day to day training and assessment;
Marine Licence means a general marine licence or a restricted marine licence granted by MSV;
Marine Licence Test means the test provided to the ATP by MSV;
Marine Licence Training means the training provided to Eligible Applicants;
Marine Safety Act means Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic);
Marine Safety Regulations means Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic);
Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is a branch of TSV
Media Release means a prepared publicity or a news announcement;
Principal means the Principal of the ATP who will represent the ATP;
Private Dwelling means a structure that is intended to have people live in it as permanent residents and includes houses, flats or apartments;
Publications means MSV manuals, handbooks, guidelines, procedures documented work practices etc referred to in this ATP Approval (as amended by MSV from time to time);
PWC means personal watercraft;
RTO means a registered training organisation registered by an Australian state or territory recognition authority to deliver training and/or conduct assessments and issue nationally recognised qualifications in accordance with the VET Quality Framework;
Safety Director means the Director, Transport Safety, a statutory office established under s 171 of the Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic) together with his delegates and the staff members of MSV authorised to act on his behalf (as the context requires);

Training and Assessment means for Marine Licences and PWC endorsement:

(i) the Marine Licence Training;

(ii) the Marine Licence Testing.

 Transport Safety Victoria or TSV, means the division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources dedicated to supporting the Safety Director in the exercise of his powers and functions and collectively referred to as Transport Safety Victoria;

VicRoads means the Roads Corporation established under the Transport Act 1983 (Vic) and continued under the Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic);
Working With Children Check has the meaning given in the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic).