A licence may be required under section 220ZW of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 if an action is likely to result in:
When a section 220ZW licence application form is received, DPI assesses the proposed action to determine whether it is likely to have a significant impact on threatened species or their habitat, including critical habitat. There are a number of possible outcomes:
Licence applications that are accompanied by a species impact statement are advertised by DPI and the public are given the opportunity to provide written submissions on the proposed action.
Some applications can take longer to process due to the nature and complexity of the proposed actions. Should a licence be issued it will appear in the public register.
A Ministerial order may be required under section 221IA of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 to authorise a class of persons to carry out an activity that may result in:
Prior to making an order, a species impact statement must be prepared and the Minister must consult the Fisheries Scientific Committee, relevant advisory councils, and give the public an opportunity to make written submissions on the proposed order.
The Minister may also make an interim order to permit the continuation of an existing activity following the listing of a new threatened species, population or ecological community, if reasonably necessary to reduce social and economic impacts during the assessment of a proposed Ministerial order. Interim orders may only remain in force for a period not exceeding 6 months, however they may be remade if required.
There are no interim orders currently in force.