FisherDirect account holders have the option to renew their licences online. Online account holders will see their licence renewals as pending transactions on the home screen, and can simply follow links to complete transactions.
Fishers choosing to renew their licences entirely online, including payment, have the benefit of immediate renewal. Plastic licence cards will be issued once renewal is completed, unless digital authorities are held. Digital authority holders have immediate access to their renewed commercial fishing licence via the FisherMobile app.
If you want to renew online you can apply for a FisherDirect account by downloading the form from the FishOnline website.
For information about digital authorities, visit the FishOnline website.
The ability to pay for licences by instalments is not available going forward due to the introduction of the online renewal process. All licence renewal fees must be paid in full at the time of renewal.
Applications received during the renewal period (May-June), will be issued for a 13-14 month period. These licences will be charged the pro rata fee from May-June in addition to the annual renewal fee. All licences will expire 30 June 2019.
New boat licensing arrangements are in effect from 1 July 2018. To assist fishers through this transition, renewal fees for fishing boat licenses have been waived for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. For more information on the changes see the New boat licensing arrangements fact sheet (PDF, 49.1 KB).
Management fees for 2018/19 will be calculated on shareholdings as at 2 July 2018 at 4.00pm. Payment by instalment will be available for management fees this year.
Before submitting an application form, please refer to the "Schedule of Commercial Fishing Fees and Charges" (see below) to determine the appropriate application fee. Note that the costs of specific licensing and quota management services are recovered through transaction fees. The fees are adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price index (CPI).
Persons wishing to transfer and/or acquire fishing businesses, shares or components of a fishing business should complete the form titled "Application for Approval of Transfer of Components of a Fishing Business" Applicants should be aware that there are specific rules relating to the transfer of shares, endorsements and components of fishing businesses. Applicants should ensure they are familiar with these transfer rules prior to submitting an application. The rules are detailed under Part 6 Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010.
For any other queries regarding these rules please contact DPI on 1300 720 662 or seek your own independent legal advice.
If your application relates to a deceased estate, please contact NSW DPI on the above number prior to submitting your application as additional information may be required.
Important Notice: Please be advised that you should not make any financial commitments in relation to the trading of shares or other fishing business components until the application has been approved by NSW DPI and you have been formally notified of the approval. Any stamp duty paid prior to the application being submitted may be refunded by the Office of State Revenue if the transfer is not completed.
Proposed transferees and transferors should also note that significant reforms are underway in respect of five share management fisheries (excluding abalone and lobster) which may change the access arrangements that arise from shareholdings and affect the way that fishing businesses are used in the future.
You are encouraged to review the information surrounding the reform program at the following webpage: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/commercial/reform.
For further information on the rules applying to a fishery refer to the DPI commercial fishing webpages at:
You should also consider any legislative requirements under other Acts administered by other state and federal agencies (refer to relevant legislation at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au).
Fisheries Business Services
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|Application Form - Approved Premises ||PDF, 70.5 KB|
|Form 1: Application for issue of a Fishing Boat Licence||PDF, 53.1 KB|
|Form 2: Application for a Commercial Fishing Licence||PDF, 45.1 KB|
|Form 3: Application to change Boat Identifying particulars on a Fishing Boat licence||PDF, 105.0 KB|
|Form 4: Application to Nominate and Revoke Nominations||PDF, 114.0 KB|
|Form 5: Application for Transfer of a Fishing Boat Licence||PDF, 120.9 KB|
|Form 6: Application to Revoke Nomination||PDF, 67.5 KB|
|Form 7: Application for Replacement Fishing Authority||PDF, 42.3 KB|
|Form 8: Application for Approval of Transfer of Components of a Fishing Business||PDF, 136.0 KB|
|Form 10: Application to Register, Release or Discharge a Mortgage/Interest over Shares||PDF, 47.5 KB|
|Form 11: Application to cancel or suspend a fishing boat licence||PDF, 83.9 KB|
|Form 15: Application for Transfer of Quota||PDF, 54.5 KB|
|Form 22: Marine vegetation collection for commercial purposes permit application||PDF, 80.0 KB|
|Form 24: Taking fish for Aboriginal cultural or ceremonial use permit application||PDF, 79.7 KB|
|Form CB2: Application to transfer a NSW Charter Fishing Boat Licence||PDF, 62.5 KB|
|Form CB4: Application for Boat Replacement for a Licensed Charter Fishing Boat||PDF, 44.3 KB|
|NSW Commercial Fisheries Administration Guide||PDF, 1.8 MB|
|Policy Number TI-O-130: Debt management - Commercial fisheries quota transfer restrictions
|Commercial Fisheries Threatened and Protected Species Interaction Reporting Form||PDF, 70.8 KB|
|Additional endorsement/licence conditions register||PDF, 61.1 KB|
|Schedule of Commercial Fishing Fees and Charges||PDF, 42.9 KB|
|Marine vegetation collection for commercial purposes permit application - Information kit||PDF, 50.3 KB|
|Fisheries Management Act 1994
|Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010
|Fisheries Management (Supporting Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Ocean Trawl Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Ocean Trap and Line Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Estuary General Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Estuary Prawn Trawl Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Ocean Haul Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006
|Fisheries Management (Lobster Share Management Plan) Regulation 2000
|Fisheries Management (Abalone Share Management Plan) Regulation 2000