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.

High Seas Fishing Permits only allow fishing in areas that will fall in the area of competence of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement and the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation.

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
  • purpose of the operations (such as fishing, carrying or process)
  • proposed target species
  • 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 Fees for 2021-22
Renew Renewal All $160.00 Paper-based renewal. Fees for 2021-22
Renew Renewal All -

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

Other resources

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1991 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management Regulations 2019 Australian Government

Additional information

Please note that all the Agencies applications can be done through the GoFish Online Portal.

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
Email: licensing@afma.gov.au
Website: Australian Fisheries Management Authority (Opens in new window)