Land-based Aquaculture Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to operate an aquaculture farm on land for the purpose of trade, business or research.

Your licence will be classified as a category A, B, C or D licence, depending on the level of regulation required to manage associated risks. Your licence category will be determined according to:

  • the scale and intensity of the farming activity
  • discharge of wastewater and treatment of water prior to discharge
  • whether the species are native to the area
  • the susceptibility of the species to disease.

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 licence, you will need to undertake aquaculture activities in compliance with either:

  • the sector-based aquaculture strategy adopted under the licence
  • your individual aquaculture strategy approved in relation to the licence.

An aquaculture strategy must specify the licensee or class of licence to which it applies, and strategies adopted to:

  • maintain farming structures and other equipment
  • avoid or minimise and respond to disease or escape of aquaculture stock
  • avoid or minimise and respond to adverse impacts on seabirds or large marine vertebrates
  • deal with dead aquaculture stock
  • deal with inspection or monitoring of the licence area. 


10 years or as specified on the licence


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Transfer process


This licence may be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Fisheries and Aquaculture Division

Contact details

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