Lease Notifications & Tenders

Public Tender of Aquaculture Leases

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) runs a competitive tender process biannually, in March/April and September/October of each year.

The next competitive tender is due to be held in September/October 2023. Details of the tender will be published on this webpage closer to the date.

If you would like to apply for a new lease area to be included in the next tender, the application must be submitted by 30 June 2023.

Information on the competitive tender process can be found at Aquaculture Lease Tender FAQ (PDF, 188.02 KB).

For industry background information, please refer to the NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy and NSW Marine Water Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy.

For further information, please contact Aquaculture Administration at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute on 02 4916 3900 or email