Shellfish - Harvest and Hold Approval - New South Wales


You will need this application if you intend to partake in the Harvest and Hold Scheme. The Harvest and Hold Scheme was development to allow shellfish farmers to harvest product in the period between sample collection to allow for an opening and reporting or results. The scheme aims to relieve industry pressure, particularly during periods of volatile weather conditions.

The scheme can expand the window of opportunity to harvest product for approved shellfish farmers. Under the scheme authorised shellfish harvesters in approved estuaries can harvest product and delay shipping until satisfactory sample results have been reported.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible under the scheme you will need to:

  • be a member of a local program that has a satisfactory compliance above 90% each annual review period
  • participate in a workshop held by the NSW Food Authority before commencing the scheme.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Act(s) name

Food Act 2003 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Food Regulation 2015 New South Wales

Application process


To apply for the scheme you will be required to provide the following:

  • your licence number
  • details about the implementation workshop you attended
  • a completed application form
  • your payment.

Approval time

10 days

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Food Authority

Contact details

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