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Licence Facts

Roads and Maritime Services licence fees

Similar to a driver’s licence, you will also have to pay a state government fee to Roads and Maritime Services to obtain your boat and PWC licence. One, three, five and ten year licences are now available.

Roads & Maritime Services Licence Fees, as of 1 July 2017
 Boat PWC
One (1) year Licence $60 $182
Three (3) year Licence $161 $398
Five (5) year Licence$253 $624
Ten (10) year Licence$451 $903
One (1) year Concession or person aged under 16 years $30 $91
Three (3) year Concession or person aged under 16 years Licence$81 $199
Five (5) year Concession or person aged under 16 years Licence$127 $312
Ten (10) year Concession or person aged under 16 years Licence$226 $452
Replacement Licence$20 $20

Types of licence

  • General boat driving licence
  • PWC driving licence

General boat driving licence

This licence permits people aged 12 years and over to drive any vessel (except a PWC) at 10 knots or more.

PWC driving licence

A PWC (Personal Water Craft) driving licence is required for people aged 12 years and over to drive a PWC. People who hold a general boat driving licence can upgrade to a PWC driving licence at any time. A PWC driving licence includes a general boat licence. A PWC licence holder is able to operate a vessel with a fully enclosed hull that may be driven standing up, lying down, sitting astride or kneeling, and includes jet powered surfboards.

Licence holders aged from 12 to under 16 years

The holder of a general boat driving licence or PWC driving licence who is aged from 12 to under 16 years of age must not do any of the following:

  • Drive at a speed greater than 20 knots
  • Drive in any race, display, regatta, exhibition or similar operation
  • Drive any vessel, other than a PWC, at a speed of 10 knots or more:
    • Without the holder of a general boat driving licence who is 16 years of age or older being present in the vessel, or
    • Between sunset and sunrise, or
    • While the vessel is towing anyone.
  • Drive a PWC between sunset and sunrise (this rule applies to all PWC driving licence holders)
  • Drive a PWC at a speed of 10 knots or more:
    • Without the holder of a PWC driving licence who is 16 years of age or older being present on the PWC, or
    • While the vessel is towing anyone.

Exceptions may apply in accordance with an aquatic licence.

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