Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) - Queensland


You must install a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) if you are a licensed Queensland fishing vessel which is endorsed with either a T1, T2, M1 PR, N9 or B1 fishing symbol. You are required to nominate and maintain a mode of communication by which an officer approved by the Chief Executive may communicate with the person in control of the boat.

Vessel monitoring systems are used to monitor and assess the position and activity of commercial fishing vessels (mainly trawl vessels). This includes monitoring the fishing quota (number of days at sea) that each vessel is allowed.

Service type


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


As required.


When transferring a commercial fishing licence or vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit, the vessel can't go to sea until Fisheries Queensland has confirmed that the VMS unit is working properly.

You will need an authorised technician to complete the transfer. A list of authorised technicians can be provided by Fisheries Queensland upon request.

Additional information

To be eligible to install a VMS, you will need to be a Queensland fishing vessel endorsed with either a T1, T2, M1 PR, N9 or B1 fishing symbol.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Vessel Monitoring System Unit

Fisheries Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mailing address: GPO BOX 46
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3087 8803
Fax: 07 3229 8182