Aboriginal Coastal Licence - Northern Territory


An Aboriginal coastal licence is required by aboriginal community members to take and sell fish.

These licences are only approved for a nominated member of an aboriginal community after the approval of the community council elders has been received.

An aboriginal licensee may only sell fish to persons as specified in the Regulations and may only use specified fishing gear to take that fish. There are limits on species and numbers that can be taken.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

A licence cannot be issued to a person if a Commercial Fishing Licence already exists for their area.


Annual (expires 30 June).


$50 licence.

Cash, Credit Card / EFTPOS, cheque or money order.

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 Northern Territory

Additional information

Proof of identification (Photo)
Covering letter from Council approving applicant

Administering agency

Fisheries Group

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:

Licensing Officer

Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992183
Fax: 0889992057
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au
Website: https://www.nt.gov.au/marine/for-all-harbour-and-boat-users/contact-nt-fisheries (Opens in new window)