Scientific Permit - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to conduct scientific research in Commonwealth-controlled waters within the Australian Fishing Zone using a specified boat, including foreign boats.

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

Scientific permits are granted for the purposes of conducting scientific research in a specified area of the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) or in a specified fishery.

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 permit you must:

  • provide details relating to your vessel
  • specify the proposed location and master
  • provide a detailed proposal outlining the projects aims, objectives and method of the research
  • specify the fishing equipment to be used.


Six months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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No fees are required

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1991 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management Regulations 2019 Australian Government

Application process


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
Website: Australian Fisheries Management Authority (Opens in new window)