Fisheries - Self Assessable Development - Queensland

Service summary

Self assessable codes apply to low impact projects involving operational works for constructing or raising a waterway barrier; all operational and building works in a declared Fish Habitat Area; operational works that disturb marine plants, and material change of use of premises for aquaculture. That is those works that will have only a minor impact on the environment and community.

Service type

Advisory Material

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Definition of terms

Aquaculture

the cultivation of live fisheries resources for sale.

Fingerling

very young finger sized fish.

Groyne

framework or wall run out to check drifting of beach and so stop encroaching of sea.

Live fisheries resources

oystering, pearl culture, cage culture, hatcheries, fish, prawn and crayfish farming, culture of marine plants, marine worms, crabs etc.

Navigable

affording passage for ships.

Oyster area

a specified area identified and licensed for commercial oystering activities.

Oyster ground

includes an oyster bank and land below high water mark suitable for oystering operations or where oysters are found.

Oystering operations

the catching, cultivation, culling, maturing (whether on sticks, trays or other cultch) or taking of oysters, for the purpose of sale, trade or other purpose of any kind directed to gain or reward.

Pearl farming

artificial propagation of pearls in pearl oysters.

Riparian

on river bank.

Eligibility requirements

Developments which may qualify for a self assessable code

Constructing or raising a waterway barrier

Developments of this nature are self assessable providing the barrier is planned for a freshwater waterway and will be:

  • temporary (no more than 28 days)
  • no more than 20m long and no more than 3m high from the lowest point on the stream bed (see code no. WWBW01)

OR

  • more than 100km inland from the coastline
  • in the smallest unbranched tributary of a stream
  • no more than 1m high from the lowest point of the stream bed (see code no. WWBW02)

OR

  • regularly built temporary barrier, and
  • constructed within the lower Burdekin River (see code no. WWBW03)
Operational works in a declared Fish Habitat Area

Projects of this nature are self assessable providing the work is required:

  • to maintain legally built existing structures such as boat ramps, boardwalks, drains, fences, jetties, roads, safety signs, swimming enclosures and weirs (see code no. MP02) OR
  • To maintain existing power lines or associated infrastructure (see code no. MP04) OR
  • minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal destruction or damage of marine plants (see code no. MP06)
Works that disturb, destroy or damage marine plants

Projects of this nature are self assessable providing the work is required:

  • to remove dead marine wood from unallocated state land for trade or commerce. (For this you would need a Resource Allocation Authority from the Department) (See code no. MP01)

OR

  • to maintain legally built existing structures such as board ramps, boardwalks, drains fences, jetties, roads, safety signs, swimming enclosures and weirs (see code no. MP02).

OR

  • for maintenance of on farm drains (see code no. MP03).

OR

  • to maintain existing power lines or associated infrastructure (see code no. MP04).

OR

  • for education or research purposes or to monitor the impact of development on marine plants (see code no. MP05)

OR

  • minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal destruction or damage of marine plants (see code no. MP06)
Aquaculture farm establishment works

Projects of this nature are self assessable providing the work does not cause waste discharge into off site waters and the species farmed are:

  • native freshwater fish which are indigenous to the catchment and are held in ponds or above ground tanks with a total water surface area of no more than 5ha (restricted to certain areas only)

OR

  • native freshwater fish intended for aquarium display or human consumption only, kept in rain proofed above ground tanks with a total area of no more than 50 square metres (excluding water storage area)

OR

  • exotic fish intended only for aquarium display, kept in rain proofed above ground tanks with a total area of no more than 50 square metres (excluding water storage)

OR

  • native marine fish intended for aquarium display only, kept in rain proofed above ground tanks with a total area of no more than 50 square metres (excluding water storage area) (see code no. AQUA01)

If you think your project qualifies under any of the above, phone the department and request the relevant self assessable code.

Before you commence work on your project you must register with the department. The registration form is attached to each self assessable code

Other resources

Additional information

A self assessable code is a set of rules relevant to a particular development. A self assessable code allows you to proceed with your development without the requirement of lodging a development application for a permit from the department. Although no approval is required from the department, you may need to obtain development approvals from other State and/or local government agencies. If the plans for your development comply with the rules of a particular code, you must register your development as self assessable with the department.

If your development does not qualify for a self assessable code, you will need to apply for a development permit.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Fisheries Queensland
Impact Assessment and Management

Act(s) name

Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulation 2008 (Queensland)

Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Fisheries Queensland
Impact Assessment and Management

Operating address:
Freshwater Fish and Habitat Unit
Floor 2, 80 Ann St
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 46
Brisbane
Queensland 4001

Phone:

07 3405 6798

Fax:

07 3224 2805

Website:

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