Indigenous fishing permit - Queensland


An Indigenous fishing permit allows an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person or community to trial a commercial fishing activity, without first holding the standard commercial fishing licences.

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:

  • at least 18 years old
  • an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person.


Up to 3 years


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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.


You cannot renew this permit.

Transfer process


You cannot transfer this permit.

Approval time

Generally within 90 calendar days

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland

Contact details

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