Primary commercial fishing licence - Queensland


You will need to apply for this licence to operate a nominated primary boat and tender boats for commercial fishing (in accordance with the fishery symbols appearing on your boat licence). Operations are limited to the fisheries noted for the licence in the register (e.g. net, line, crabbing, pearl shell). You must ensure that the licence has the correct fishery symbols for the intended fishing activities.

Tender boats, which are used alongside the primary boat, may be no more than 10 metres long and must display the issued boat mark in several places. Certain fisheries limit the number of tender boats permitted for operations with the primary boat.

No new licences are currently being issued. You must obtain (by transfer) an existing licence (from within the fleet) which is endorsed with the fishery symbols appropriate to the intended type of activities.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please use the contact details for information regarding eligibility requirements.


This licence is ongoing while fees are paid.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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You can find the current fees here.

Transfer process


You can transfer this licence either permanently or temporarily for a specified period.

Any third parties registered as having an interest in an authority must grant approval to registering a transfer beforehand.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fisheries Queensland

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.