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Watercraft search

Before you begin:

You will need:

Note 1. Any credit card or a Visa/MasterCard debit card.
Note 2. Generally for ships over  24 metres. See the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) site for more details on shipping registration
Note 3. Generally used on pleasure craft and smaller vessels.
Note 4. If you do not have an email address, the information will still be available online.

Search for watercraft now

Online self service - $2.00
Assisted phone service - $7.00


The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked, and, as text below the images. You may stop the animation at any time by clicking the image again.

An outboard motor requires a different search

The PPSR does not list outboard motors as watercraft. If you wish to search for security interests on an outboard motor, you need to search under the name of the person (searching by individual grantors) or by the organisation selling you the motor (searching by organisation grantors).

Beginning your search

  1. From the Home page, click on the Search by serial number link (or from the Search page, click on the Search for watercraft link)
  2. Scroll down to see the options under the heading 'What is the serial number search type'.

Enter the watercraft information

  1. Click on the Watercraft option button.
  2. Enter the unique identifier for the watercraft (HIN or Official number).
    Optional: Enter a Client billing reference, this reference will appear on the Tax invoice/Receipt. This can be used to search for transactions in your account.
  3. Click on the Next button to go to the payment page.

Pay and get results

  1. Enter your credit card details as shown on your credit card.
  2. Enter your email address to receive your receipt by email
  3. Click on the Pay now button to go to the Search result summary page.
  4. Click on the Email certificate button to have the certificate sent by email.
  5. Enter your email address and re-enter it in the next field.
  6. Click on the Email button to receive your search certificate.

Why would I need to search the PPSR?

Before you buy any type of watercraft you should check that there are no existing security interests on it by searching the PPSR. If a security interest has been registered against the watercraft, it may not be debt-free and may be repossessed, even after you have bought it. We recommend conducting the search the day before or the day of purchase to assure purchaser protection.

The seller may provide you with a search certificate as a sign of good faith and it can be verified by entering the search number again on the Register - see Retrieve search results. There is no charge for this, but if you wish to do another search, you will need to pay for the new search.

For further details on your search result and search certificate see: Understanding watercraft search results.

For more information on buyer protection, see searching and buyer protections.

What does this search cover?

Watercraft can include:
  • Ships
  • Boats
  • Yachts
  • Barges
  • Catamarans
  • Ferries
  • Tugs
  • Fishing boats
  • House boats
  • Jet skis
  • Tinnies
  • Hovercraft