Register of licences and Ministerial orders

Licence to harm a threatened species, population or ecological community

A licence may be required under section 220ZW of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 if an action is likely to result in:

  • harm to a threatened species, population or ecological community;
  • damage to critical habitat; or
  • damage to the habitat of a threatened species, population or ecological community.

Applying for a section 220ZW licence

How DPI processes licence applications

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:

  1. DPI could determine that the action is not likely to significantly affect threatened species, populations or ecological communities or their habitat, and could issue a certificate to this effect. There may or may not be conditions that will need to be met.
  2. DPI could grant a licence under section 220ZW of the Fisheries Management Act if the proposed action is likely to have a significant effect on threatened species, populations or ecological communities or their habitat, or if the action is on land that is critical habitat, in which case a species impact statement will be requested when making a licence application determination.
  3. DPI could refuse the application.

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.

Public register – current licences in force

Ministerial order to permit harm to a threatened species, population or ecological community or their habitat

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:

  • harm to a threatened species, population or ecological community; or
  • damage to the habitat of a threatened species, population or ecological community.

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.

Public register – Ministerial orders in force

Interim orders in force

There are no interim orders currently in force.