Licensing & forms

Fees

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).

Transfer of a Fishing Business or Components of a Fishing Business (e.g. Shares)

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).

Application forms

To access a form, simply click on the link below and print. The form can then be completed and submitted by mailing to:


Fisheries Business Services
NSW DPI
LMB 3020
NOWRA NSW 2541

Title Details
Form 1: Application for issue of a Fishing Boat Licence
PDF, 85.8 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, 58.8 KB
Form 4: Application to Register or Cancel Eligible Fishers or Nominate and Revoke Nominations
PDF, 143.6 KB
Form 5: Application for Transfer of a Fishing Boat Licence
PDF, 48.3 KB
Form 6: Application to Cancel Registration as Eligible Fisher or Revoke Nomination
PDF, 79.1 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 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

Additional information

Title Details
Policy Number TI-O-130: Debt management - Commercial fisheries quota tranfer restrictions
Commercial Fisheries Threatened and Protected Species Interaction Reporting Form
PDF, 70.8 KB
Administration Guide: NSW Commercial Wild Harvest Fishing Industry
PDF, 1.0 MB
Requirements for all commercial fishers
PDF, 39.3 KB
List of Share Classes, Endorsement Types & Corresponding Endorsement Abbreviations
PDF, 32.3 KB
Additional endoresement/licence conditions register
PDF, 48.2 KB
Schedule of Commercial Fishing Fees and Charges
PDF, 116.2 KB
Marine vegetation collection for commercial purposes permit application - Information kit
PDF, 50.3 KB

Share Management Plans and other Legislation

Title Details
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

NSW Commercial Fisheries Business Adjustment Program

Title Details
Application forms and permits