Mooring in WA waters

Find out about moorings managed by the Department of Transport, and how to obtain a mooring licence.

  Overview: Mooring in WA waters

A mooring is a permanent structure to which a vessel may be secured.

Some of the Department's maritime facilities are Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). These include:

  • Carnarvon Fascine.
  • Mangles Bay (Rockingham).
  • Oyster Harbour (Albany).
  • Peel region.
  • Swan and Canning Rivers.

Please go to Mooring control areas in Western Australia for more information about MCAs.

Moorings located in any other part of State waters must obtain a licence from the Department of Transport. More information is available below.

For information on the fees charged for registration and use of moorings, please go to the Marine fees and payments page.

Unauthorised moorings will be removed by the Department without compensation.

Legislation that applies to moorings in WA include:

  • Section 65 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1983 (WA).
  • Regulation 8 of the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 (WA).
  • Mooring Regulations 1998 (WA).

For more information, please contact us.

Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Shipping and Pilotage (Mooring Control Areas) Regulations 1983 (WA)
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 (WA)
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Mooring Regulations 1988 (WA)

  Application to use moorings or boat pens

Members of the public wishing to use a mooring or boat pen at a Department of Transport managed maritime facility may contact each harbour directly; most will be able to cater for short-term stays on a casual basis.

However for maritime facilities at full capacity, members of the public who wish to moor their vessels on a long-term (annual) basis will need to apply to be placed on a wait list (see below).

Note:

A separate form is to be used for moorings in Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). Go to Mooring control area rules.

MAC_F_ApplyPenMooringWaitlist.pdf icon How to apply for a pen or mooring wait list (application form) Kb
MAC_P_Processing_Waitlists.pdf icon Processing maritime facility wait list applications Kb
MAC_P_ManagingWaitlists.pdf icon Managing maritime facility wait lists Kb

  Mooring licences

Yacht club mooring area licences

The Department of Transport has granted Mooring Area Licences to selected Yacht Clubs, which enables them to install and maintain moorings within a defined boundary.

For more information, please contact the relevant Yacht Club.

Commercial mooring site licenses

The Department of Transport issues commercial mooring site licenses for all areas not covered within existing boat harbours or other jurisdictions.

A range of licences are available, including cyclone moorings. These licences promote fair and equitable commercial access and ensure that mooring safety and maintenance standards are met.

Note:

Installation and use of a mooring site cannot begin until approval has been granted by the Department.

All licences are valid for one (1) year, and require that the moorings are inspected annually before it can be renewed.

To apply for a new mooring license, you need to:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest form.
  • Ensure you understand the Terms and Conditions.

Both these documents are available for download below.

Once your application has been submitted, the Department will study the intended location of the commercial moorings before making a decision.

MAC_F_EOI_CommercialMooring.pdf icon Expression of interest for a commercial mooring site licence Kb
MAC_PO_MooringTandC.pdf icon Commercial mooring site licence terms and conditions Kb

  Recognised mooring contractors

Mooring Contractors appearing on the recognised mooring contractor list are recognised as being registered business's carrying adequate;

  • Liability.
  • Indemnity and property insurance.
  • Compliant with commercial vessel survey manning and safety standards.
  • Adhere to commercial diving standards while undertaking their duties.

Recognised mooring contractors have been introduced to provide mooring owners a choice of registered businesses.

Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor and cannot be approved or endorsed as such by the Department.

Please ensure of due diligence and consumer discretion when choosing your contractor.

Please discuss insurance liability with your chosen mooring contractor. The Mooring Owner is responsible for mooring buoy replacement and/or any loss or damage that may be caused.

Service Type Suburb Business Name Phone number Phone number (secondary) Fax Pre-booking required Business Hours Email Street address Postal address Business Type Vehicle type Comments
Recognised mooring contractor Bibra Lake Divewest Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0408 104 568 0408 914 033 No Please call for details. glenn@divewestmarine.com.au Bibra Lake P.O. Box 1535, Bibra Lake WA 6163 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Cottesloe Offshore Moorings Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9385 1296 0408 083 635 (08) 9384 0437 No Please call for details. offshoremoorings@outlook.com 4 Stanhope Street, Cottesloe WA 6011 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Dongara Bass Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0408 930 365 No Please call for details. George@bassmarine.com.au Dongara WA P.O. Box 598, Dongara WA 6525 Authorised Agency Contact: George Bass. Map pin only indicates the location of the base suburb, not the business address.
Recognised mooring contractor Dunsborough Empress Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0428 404 400 No Please call for details. john@empressmarine.com.au Dunsborough P.O. Box 1333, Dunsborough WA 6281 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Exmouth Jetwave Marine Services Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0429 104 900 (08) 9949 2991 No Please call for details. nsmith@jwms.com.au Exmouth P.O. Box 76, Exmouth WA 6707 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Hamilton Hill Indianic Diving Services (Mooring contractor) (08) 9412 9000 0417 953 312 (08) 9412 9001 No Please call for details. info@indianic.com.au Hamilton Hill P.O. Box 319, Hamilton Hill WA 6963 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Henderson Franmarine Underwater Services Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9437 3900 0427 430 001 (08) 9437 3933 No Please call for details. reception@franmarine.com.au 13 Possner Way, Henderson WA 6166 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Karratha Oceanic Offshore Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9183 6777 0439 431 336 No Please call for details. troy@oceanicoffshore.com.au Karratha P.O. Box 912, Karratha WA 6714 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Madora Bay Subsea West Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0450 768 074 No Please call for details. info@subseawest.com.au 14 Success Street, Madora Bay WA 6210 WA Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Mandurah Aqualib Marine Diving Co. (Mooring contractor) (08) 9535 6553 0417 055 553 (08) 9535 8386 No Please call for details. moorings@aqualibdiving.com.au Mandurah P.O. Box 495, Mandurah WA 6210 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Marangaroo Westcoast Moorings (Mooring contractor) 0404 882 433 No Please call for details. ccagleno@iinet.net.au 8 Westgate Way, Marangaroo WA 6064 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Neerabup Commercial Maritime (Mooring contractor) 0417 099 923 No Please call for details. commercialmaritime@bigpond.com 1834 Wanneroo Road, Neerabup WA 6031 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor North Fremantle Total AMS Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 94310 5889 0467 530 978 No Please call for details. North Fremantle P.O. Box 210, North Fremantle WA 6159 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Padbury Offshore Diving Services (Mooring contractor) (08) 9402 5009 0419 048 670 (08) 9402 5009 No Please call for details. offshoredivingservices@bigpond.com 7 Leichhardt Avenue, Padbury WA 6025 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Sorrento Swan Mooring Services (Mooring contractor) 0428 171 932 No Please call for details. swanmooring@bigpond.com 4 Warwick Road, Sorrento WA 6020 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Wangara Engineered Water Systems (EWS) (Mooring contractor) (08) 9408 2300 No Please call for details. pweber@iinet.net.au 26 Dellamarta Road, Wangara WA 6065 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.
Recognised mooring contractor Wangara Shorewater Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9408 0896 0487 748 700 (08) 9408 0917 No Please call for details. shorewatermarine@bigpond.com Unit 8, 15 Dellamarta Road, Wangara WA 6065 Authorised Agency Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.

  Moorings and biosecurity

Moorings and mooring components pose a biosecurity risk to Western Australia's aquatic environment, as they can be a stepping stone for invasive marine species (IMS) to reach new locations where they do not naturally occur.

Follow these 2 simple steps to prevent the spread of aquatic pests:

  1. Regularly check your mooring and mooring components for any unusual species.
  2. Report any unusual species found by contacting FishWatch on 1800 815 507, or through the free WA PestWatch app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google play store.

Further information visit:

  • Aquatic pests and diseases, visit Department of Fisheries - Aquatic biosecurity.
  • Biofouling and ballast water, refer to WA marine pest management guidelines.
Opens in a new window Department of Fisheries: Aquatic biosecurity
Opens in a new window Department of Fisheries: Marine pest management guidelines

 

Page last updated: Wed May 29 2019 4:57:25 PM