Boating and marine

Commercial marine

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the National Regulator of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety.

AMSA provides all National System certification services. This includes certificates of competency (crew), certificates of survey, certificates of operation and exemptions.

For more information about the National System, including guidance notices and application forms, please visit the AMSA website or phone AMSA on 1800 627 484.

This means that from 29 June 2018, DPTI will no longer be your point of contact for National System services.

DPTI will continue to provide the following commercial maritime services in South Australia.

Provision of historic (commercial) vessel records

Until 29 June 2018, DPTI provided services to owners and operators of domestic commercial vessels and subsequently may have on file records relating to your commercial vessel. If you would like a copy of these records you must apply to DPTI Maritime Safety by submitting a completed Application for Provision of Vessel Records (70.9 KB PDF).

Delineation of smooth and partially smooth waters

The delineation of smooth and partially smooth waters is set out under the Harbors and Navigation Regulations 2009.


The Government of South Australia is responsible for managing local waterways, including pilotage.

In South Australia, a vessel 35 metres or more in length must not be navigated within a 'prescribed area' (compulsory pilotage area) unless one of these applies:

  • the vessel is navigated under the control or at the direction of a licensed pilot
  • the master of the vessel holds a Pilotage Exemption Certificate
  • the vessel is a Royal Australian Navy vessel.

If a vessel is navigated in contravention of these requirements, the owner and the master are each guilty of an offence under the Harbors and Navigation Act 1993.

Pilotage application forms

To enquire about applying for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate or a Pilot Licence, phone Maritime Safety on 1300 183 046 or email


Effective 1 July 2019





Pilotage Exemption Certificate




Pilot Licence

No fee


No fee

Provision of historic vessel records




Contact details

Maritime Safety
13 Kateena Street
Regency Park SA 5010
Office hours - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday

PO Box 2526
Regency Park SA 5942

Phone - 1300 183 046
Fax - 8348 9533
Email -

Related information

On this site

For information relating to other maritime services provided by DPTI please visit Boating and marine or contact Maritime Safety on 1300 183 046.

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