Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund

Trust Overview

The Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund (AFTF) provides grants and loans for the enhancement, maintenance and protection of Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as for Aboriginal communities to develop businesses associated with fisheries resources throughout NSW.

The Trust is established under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 which directs expenditure and establishes other key operational rules including the involvement of the Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC) in advising on expenditure.

Applications for funds will be assessed on their merits against set criteria. An Investment Plan will also be developed with the AFAC to provide a structured approach for planning and expending trust funds . This will allow long term commitments to be made for ongoing programs and provide for better management of funding for short term projects.

Who can apply?

To be eligible applicants must be:

  1. An Aboriginal person, or
  2. An Aboriginal entity, which includes a family/clan or community organisation, or an Aboriginal owned and run business, or
  3. Someone acting on behalf of an Aboriginal entity.

Note: please refer to the 'Guidelines for Applicants' for the definition of these for the purposes of this program.

When can applications be submitted?

Funding rounds will be advised on the DPI website as well as through various community organisations and networks, and media.

The 2017/2018 AFTF funding round is currently closed, please check back later.

How are funding decisions made?

Applications for funding will be first assessed by the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Expenditure Committee (AFTEC). The AFTEC assesses and ranks applications against set criteria and provides its views to the AFAC. After considering applications and the advice of AFTEC, the AFAC then provide a formal recommendation to the Minister for Primary Industries over expenditure from the Trust. The income and expenditure from the AFTF is subject to an annual audit by the NSW Auditor-General and regular announcements are made about expenditure from the Trust.

Frequently asked questions

Contact the Committee

Executive Officer, AFTEC
c/- NSW Department of Primary Industries
LMB 3020
Nowra NSW 2541

Email: aboriginal.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au