Commercial Fishing - Frequently Asked Questions
To make your life easier, we have answered frequently asked questions from our fishing clients, relating to commercial fishing licences, application forms, general fishing documents, and fees. Check back often as we will continue to update this guide with relevant information.
What do I do if my contact details change?
- To change any of your contact details you must lodge the Notification of Change of Address and/or Contact Details form. You can obtain the form from our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
What do I need to do to receive my fishing certificates and communications via email?
- To nominate an email address, or update your nominated email address for electronic communications with DPIPWE, you must lodge the Consent for Communication by Electronic Notification form. You can obtain the form from our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
When do fees increase?
- Every financial year on the 1st July, fees are increased under the Tasmanian Fees Unit Act 1997.
How do I make payments for applications?
- Payment or proof of payment of the prescribed fee must accompany the signed application form in order for the application to be lodged in full and to be considered for processing. Payments can be made by:
- Electronic Bank Transfer
Account Name: DPIPWE Clearing Account
Account number: 268083
Reference: For renewals: Use your certificate number. For all other transactions: Contact Licensing on
03 6165 3000 or email@example.com for a reference
Note: you must attach a copy of the bank transfer receipt, as proof of payment, to the application form when lodging the application to the Department.
- In Person -
Service Tasmania Shop or
Fisheries Licensing at Level 1, 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania
- Cheque or money order
- Credit or Debit
Note: a limit of $20,000 applies to credit card payments.
Note: Do not submit your signed application form to Service Tasmania Shop when making payment. Please attach a copy of the Service Tasmania Shop receipt, as
proof of payment, to the application form when lodging the application
to the Department.
Post - GPO Box 44, Hobart, TAS, 7000
How will my personal information be managed?
Personal information is managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 (PIP Act) and the Department’s personal information protection policy. You may access your personal information on written request to the Department, and you may be charged a fee for this service.
Your personal information will be collected for the purpose of managing Tasmania’s living marine resources under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 (the LMRMA) and the Fishing (Licence Ownership and Interest) Registration Act 2001 (FLOIRA), and will be used by the Department for purposes permitted by these Acts. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being processed or the service you have requested not being provided.
Your personal information will be used for the primary purpose for which it is collected and may be disclosed to certified fishing bodies to enable the provision of industry information to you. Your personal information may also be disclosed to a service provider nominated by DPIPWE to provide fishery assessments and management advice on fishery issues, this includes the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).
The LMRMA requires the Secretary DPIPWE to keep a register of authorisations and fishing certificates. A person may be allowed to obtain a copy of, or an extract from, an entry in the register. The FLOIRA requires the Registrar to keep a register of ownership and interests in fishing licences. The Registrar is to make the register available for public inspection and a person may be allowed to obtain a copy of, or an extract from, any entry in the register.
By providing the Department with your personal information, you consent to the information being used for the purposes for which it has been collected. By providing the Department with personal information of third parties, you are declaring that the third parties have read the PIP Statement and consent to their personal information being provided to the Department on their behalf, and the use and disclosure of that information by the Department in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Statement.
How will I know when my licence is due for renewal?
- Renewal notices are sent to clients by the Department approximately 6 weeks prior to the due date. If you have nominated an email address for electronic communications, your renewal notice will be sent to that address, otherwise it will be sent in the mail.
There are 3 licensing expiration dates:
- Abalone: 31 December
- Vessel related licences: 28/29 February
- Processing, handling and personal fishing licences: 31 August
How do I renew my licence?
- To lodge your renewal application in full and have it considered for processing, you must send your signed renewal application form, accompanied with the prescribed fees or proof of payment, to the Department.
Your application can be submitted via:
Post: GPO Box 44, Hobart, TAS, 7001
Fax: 03 6173 0252
In Person: Level 1, 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania
Note: Do not submit your signed application form to the Service Tasmania Shop.
- For how to pay, please see FAQ Section How do I make payments for applications?
Who can sign the renewal?
- Only the licence holder can sign the renewal application.
How will I know that my licence has been renewed?
- Once your renewal is processed you will receive your printed renewal by post or if you have elected for electronic notification it will be sent to your elected email address. If you wish to opt for electronic notification complete the Consent for Communication by Electronic Notification form on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
Will I receive a renewal reminder notice?
- No, your renewal is your first and final notice.
What if I submit my renewal application late?
- If you submit your signed renewal application form after the due date, an additional granting fee will apply to each licence on the renewal notice, with the exception of fish processing licences, fish handling licences, and personal fishing licences. This may delay the processing of the application and issuing of a renewed licence certificate.
- Licence holders are reminded that pursuant to relevant management plans, the Minister can only consider a renewal of a licence if the renewal application is lodged within twelve months of the licence expiry date.
What if I do not want to renew my licence?
- If you do not intend to renew your licence, you must return all unused portions of docket/receipt/record books issued by the Department and any unused rock lobster tags within 14 days of the expiration of the licence. It is an offence to possess certain docket/receipt/record books and/or unused rock lobster tags when not the holder of a relevant fishing licence.
- You must retain all used portions of docket/receipt/record books issued by the Department, and any other fishing documentation for a period of 5 years.
Why has a supervisor been removed from my licence?
- Any supervisor who is not the holder of a current fishing licence (personal) (FLP) will be removed from the licence at time of renewal. Rule 9 of the Fisheries Rules 2009 states that a person cannot supervise a licence or take fish for sale unless the person is the holder of a FLP. FLP’s expire on the 31st August annually.
Why are there industry levies on my renewal?
- Under section 279 of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, the Minister at the request of a fishing body, may determine that a levy is payable by persons undertaking any activity under an authorisation if satisfied that the majority of persons likely to be affected are in favour of the levy. The levy cannot be opted out of, and must be paid along with all other prescribed fees.
Do I need to know anything else?
- Licence holders are advised of their obligation to ensure any activities relating to the taking, possessing, processing and or selling of fish complies with the requirements of the Primary Produce Safety Act 2011, the Primary Produce Safety (Seafood) Regulations 2014 and any other relevant food safety authority. For further information contact Biosecurity Tasmania Food Safety at https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania or phone 03 6165 3091.
Do you need further help?
Phone: 03 6165 3000
By Letter: GPO Box 44, Hobart, TAS, 7001
In Person: Level 1, 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania