Vessel monitoring system - Queensland


If you are a licensed Queensland fishing vessel that is endorsed with either a T1, T2, M1 PR, N9 or B1 fishing symbol, you must install a Vessel Monitoring System on your vessel. 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.

As well as monitoring use of fishing quota, a VMS unit can assist your commercial fishing operations by:

  • speeding up the transfer of information to Fisheries Queensland
  • helping you make more accurate assessments of your business's activity (particularly if you have more than 1 vessel)
  • helping Fisheries Queensland identify and deal with fishing operators who act illegally
  • providing location details of vessels during marine safety events.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Eligibility requirements

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.


As required.


When transferring a commercial fishing licence or vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit, the vessel cannot 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.

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