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 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 2023.
From 1 July 2018, you only require a fishing boat licence if you are conducting certain fishing activities, known as “declared commercial fishing boat activities”. You do not need a boat licence for:
From 1 May 2019, you do not require a boat licence for boats 20 metres or less in Ocean Trawl Inshore Prawn, Offshore Prawn or Fish Northern Zone.
All other activities that involve the use of a boat are “declared fishing boat activities” and require a boat licence.
For more information please see New boat licensing arrangements fact sheet (PDF, 49.1 KB).
The snapshot date for 2022/23 Management fees will be held as at 12 August 2022 at 9.00am.
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 10 Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019.
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.
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).
Commercial Fisheries Customer Services
NOWRA NSW 2541
|Application to register or renew your registration as a NSW Fish Receiver. Form.pdf||PDF, 175.8 KB|
|Application for Eastern Rock Lobster tags.pdf||PDF, 46.1 KB|
|Application Form - Approved Premises ||PDF, 70.5 KB|
|Form 1: Application for issue of a Fishing Boat Licence||PDF, 150.2 KB|
|Form 2: Application for a Commercial Fishing Licence||PDF, 143.1 KB|
|Form 3: Application to change Boat Identifying particulars on a Fishing Boat licence||PDF, 114.8 KB|
|Form 4: Application to Nominate and Revoke Nominations||PDF, 137.9 KB|
|Form 5: Application for Transfer of a Fishing Boat Licence||PDF, 163.3 KB|
|Form 6: Application to Revoke Nomination||PDF, 142.9 KB|
|Form 7: Application for Replacement Fishing Authority||PDF, 140.2 KB|
|Form 8: Application for Approval of Transfer of Components of a Fishing Business||PDF, 268.7 KB|
|Form 10: Application to Register, Release or Discharge a Mortgage/Interest over Shares||PDF, 143.6 KB|
|Form 11: Application to cancel or suspend a fishing boat licence||PDF, 135.4 KB|
|Form 12 - Nomination of boat for Ocean Trawl Prawning effort quota incl ....pdf||PDF, 129.8 KB|
|Form 15: Application for Transfer of Quota||PDF, 224.3 KB|
|Form 22: Marine Vegetation Collection for Commercial Purposes Permit Application
|Form 24: Application for an Authority to take fish for Aboriginal cultural fishing purposes||PDF, 153.8 KB|
|Form CB2: Application to transfer a NSW Charter Fishing Boat Licence||PDF, 161.2 KB|
|Form CB4: Application for Boat Replacement for a Licensed Charter Fishing Boat||PDF, 139.0 KB|
|NSW Commercial Fisheries Administration Guide||PDF, 2.1 MB|
|Business Efficiency Program update and licensing changes – January 2022||PDF, 662.4 KB|
|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, 139.6 KB|
|Marine Vegetation Collection for Commercial Purposes - Information Kit
|Fisheries Management Act 1994
|Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019
|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
|NSW Commercial Fisheries Administration Guide - May 2019||PDF, 1.8 MB|
|Summary of current & upcoming boat licensing NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery (including Southern Fish Trawl).pdf||PDF, 656.8 KB|