High Seas Fishing Permit - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to fish commercially for species on the high seas outside the Australian Fishing Zone, which generally extends 200 nautical miles from the coast.

Permits specify the area of operation, the boat being used and conditions, including restrictions on species taken. This permit may also be granted for the carrying or processing of fish taken by another boat.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further 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; and
  • 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.


12 months.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $160.00 -
Renew Renewal All $160.00 Paper-based renewal.
Renew Renewal All -

Online renewal through GoFish. No fees are required.

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1991 AG

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management Regulations 1992 AG

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.



Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Mailing address: PO BOX 7051
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610
Phone: 02 6225 5328
Phone: 1300 723 621
Fax: 02 6225 5439
Email: licensing@afma.gov.au