Indigenous fishing permit - Queensland


You will need an Indigenous fishing permit (IFP) if you are an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander and intend to trial commercial fishing activity. This permit allows you to assess the commercial viability of fishing activity in a commercial fishery, and to take, possess and sell the fish.

Existing rules that apply to commercial fishing also apply to an IFP. These include catch logbooks, telephone reporting, vessel tracking, gear restrictions, seasonal closures, area closures and size limits. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning restrictions and commercial vessel registration regulations also apply.

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:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be a Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander
  • satisfy the permit assessment criteria.


An IFP is initially granted for 1 to 3 years. If you want to continue to operate after this period, you will need to buy or lease the necessary authorities on the open market, and operate as a standard commercial fisher.


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You do not need to pay any fees.


Application process


Before you apply for this permit you must:

  • read the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commercial fishing development policy
  • contact Fisheries Queensland to discuss your proposed commercial fishing activity.

To apply for this permit, you must:

  • complete the Indigenous fishing permit application
  • provide all information requirements, including:
    • a business plan
    • proof you are an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander
    • a sustainability statement
    • a statement about the economic benefits
    • support from the Traditional Owners or native title holders in the area you want to fish.

Approval time

Applications are generally assessed within 3 months, but this will depend on the complexity of the application and how much information you have provided.


You cannot transfer this permit.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland

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