Aquatic licence fees

All boating related fees and charges received by Roads and Maritime are paid into a Waterways Fund and directly support the delivery of boating related services and infrastructure for our customers.

Boating safety education campaigns, navigation aids and signage, compliance, investigations are supported by the Waterways Fund, as is the Better Boating Program, a grant program supporting improvements to boat ramps and related public boating facilities.

For more information see Your boating fees at work.

These fees are current and include GST where applicable, unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please contact us.

Aquatic licence fees

(effective 1 April 2021)

Type Amount
Application for an aquatic licence – commercial activity (More information about aquatic licence fee structure.) $405
Application for an aquatic licence – non-commercial activity (More information about aquatic licence fee structure.) $202
Attendance by Roads and Maritime officer at special event or standard event – per hour $196 (per hour)
Replacement licence fee $21

Waterway access fee for an aquatic licence

The new Regulation introduces a waterway access fee, which is a new charge to allow an applicant to have exclusive use of public water space for a period of time. The Regulation states this fee is charged at "an appropriate market rate for the exclusive occupation of waters".

Roads and Maritime is developing a waterway access fee structure that reflects the value of having an exclusive benefit to a waterway space, and will consult with impacted and affected stakeholders to seek feedback on the implementation of the new structure.


Additional fees may apply. Please contact the Maritime Info Line on 13 12 36 8:30am to 4:30pm, seven days a week.

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