New consultation arrangements were introduced in November 2012 following an Independent Review of NSW Commercial Fisheries Policy, Management and Administration. These arrangements supersede the former Seafood Industry Advisory Council and commercial fishery Management Advisory Committees.

Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council

The Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council (MFAC) has been established to provide cross-sectoral advice on strategic policy issues to the Minister for Primary Industries. It includes representatives from the commercial, recreational, indigenous, aquaculture and conservation sectors and has an independent chair.

Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council has been established fulfilling a commitment by the Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair. The council is the key advisory body providing ongoing expert advice to Government on matters relevant to the sector.

Structural Adjustment Review Committee

The Structural Adjustment Review Committee was the independent committee formed to oversee the structural adjustment component of the commercial fisheries reform process.

NSW Total Allowable Catch Setting and Review (TAC) Committee

The TAC Committee is a statutory body established under the provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (the Act).  It is required to determine and keep under review total allowable catch (or fishing effort) levels, as required. It gives effect to the objects of the Act having regard to all relevant scientific, industry, community, social and economic factors. The focus of the TAC Committee at present is to determine and review the total allowable catches for the commercial abalone and rock lobster fisheries in NSW. Membership of the TAC Committee comprises of the following four positions.

  1. Independent Chairperson
  2. Natural Resource Economist
  3. Fisheries Scientist
  4. A person with appropriate fisheries management qualifications

Working groups

Working groups will be established as required to provide expert advice on specific issues.

Becoming a committee or working group member

Notices calling for expressions of interest to be on the Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council or a working group are published on this website.

Working Group EOI:

The Deputy Director General, DPI Fisheries is now inviting expressions of interest for membership on the NSW Lobster Industry Working Group.

    Advisory Council EOI:

    The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is calling for Expressions of Interest from NSW fishing industry representatives and other individuals from relevant interest groups, who are interested in becoming a member of:

  • Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Council (MFAC)
  • Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council (CommFish NSW)
  • Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW)

For more information and to apply visit Expression of Interest: NSW fishing councils.

Peak industry body for NSW commercial fishers

The NSW Government supports the establishment of a peak industry body to represent the interests of commercial fishers in NSW, and potentially deliver consultation services on behalf of the NSW Government.

Open for comment

Commercial fishing industry advice and comments are often sought to inform fisheries management arrangements. Notices calling for industry comment are posted here.

Former commercial fisheries advisory bodies