Fishing Permit - Australian Government


You will need this licence to fish commercially for Commonwealth managed species within the Australian Fishing Zone. Permits specify:

  • the area of operation
  • the boat being used
  • permissible fishing methods
  • species taken.

The Australian Fishing Zone generally extends 200 nautical miles outward from the coast of Australia.

At present, there are no additional fishing permits being granted, but most permits may be transferred to another person, or another boat may be nominated in substitution for the original boat while the permit is current.

A Statutory Fishing Right is required to fish in any of the major fishery zones of Australia; these are sold at auction to the highest bidder.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must specify:

  • the details of the boat
  • the purpose of the operations (such as fishing, carrying or process)
  • proposed target species
  • the fishing gear to be used for the operations.

Your boat must also be equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

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


Permits can be granted for a maximum of 5 years, however in most fisheries they are granted for 1 year at a time.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $160.00 Fees for 2021-22
Renew Renewal All -

Online renewal. No fees are required. Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $160.00 Paper-based renewal. Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All AFMA Levy Arrangement Guide - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1991 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management Regulations 2019 Australian Government

Additional information

Please refer to the Levy Arrangement Guide to find information about possible levies.

Administering agency

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Mailing address: PO BOX 7051
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610
Phone: 02 6225 5555
Phone: 1300 723 621
Fax: 02 6225 5500
Website: Australian Fisheries Management Authority (Opens in new window)