Local knowledge certificates

In order to operate a vessel for commercial purposes you may be required to hold a certificate of local knowledge.

A local knowledge certificate is required where the risks, due to local conditions, are sufficient to justify additional permissioning requirements.

Local knowledge certificates are the responsibility of Maritime Safety Victoria.

A local knowledge certificate is required in addition to a certificate of competency.

Guidance and forms

Guidance material about local knowledge certificates:

Download an application or renewal form:

Please complete the relevant form(s) and send it in with all supporting documentation to: TSVqualifications@transportsafety.vic.gov.au

Please do not post any documentation as TSV staff are working remotely and will not be able to access these documents.


The fee payable depends on the type of application and certificate type. You must pay the application fee prior to your certificate being issued.

For information about the fees for commercial maritime qualifications, including certificates of competency and pilot licences, please contact us.

There are a number of convenient methods of paying your Request for Payment notices for your commercial maritime qualifications or vessel survey fees. These payment options are listed below.

Payment options


Payments can be made over the internet via BPAY®. Contact your bank or financial institution to make this payment from your cheque, savings, debit, credit card or transaction account. More information is available on the BPAY website.

In person

Simply visit one of the Australia Post outlets and present your Request for Payment over-the-counter, with your chosen method of payment for an easy and secure payment option. Postbillpay® is available at more than 3800 outlets around Australia.

Methods of payment are cash, EFTPOS, credit card and cheque.

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