Traditional Inhabitant Fishing Boat Licence: Torres Strait - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to commence commercial fishing activities in the Australian section of the Torres Strait Protected Zone. This licence is issued to Torres Strait islanders only, or other approved persons under the Torres Strait Treaty. The Protected Zone is that area, commonly referred to as Torres Strait, lying between mainland Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Marine species covered include:

  • Tropical Rock Lobster;
  • Spanish Mackerel;
  • Pearl Shell;
  • Prawn;
  • Net;
  • Sea Cucumbers;
  • Trochus;
  • Crab;
  • Fin Fish; and
  • All sub species.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Traditional Inhabitant Fishing Boat Licences are issued only to those officially identified as Torres Strait Islanders. To be officially identified as a traditional inhabitant you must lodge a Torres Strait traditional inhabitant ID. The identification form must be completed by the councillor of a relevant community and the mayor of the same council.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Duration

12 months.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

RenewRenewal$100.00

Forms

 Resources
Apply Application for Grant or Variation of Traditional Inhabitant Fishing Boat Licence - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window
Transfer Application for Temporary Transfer of Fishing Boat Licence - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window
Application for Transfer of Fishing / Processor-Carrier Boat Licence - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window
Apply

Traditional Inhabitant Identification Form - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
Licensing Section

Act(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
Licensing Section

Mailing address:
PO BOX 7051
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610

Phone:

1300 723 621

Phone:

13 25 23

Supporting information

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