What we're doing to make life easier

What we're doing to make life easier

We have identified ways to streamline and simplify processes affecting the commercial fishing industry. It is our aim to make life easier for you. Some changes are already in place, and some will take time to implement, but be assured that things are moving – and quite quickly too.

Our vision

To streamline and simplify the way that the commercial fishing industry interacts with DPIPWE. This includes performing licence related transactions and providing catch and effort information.

Recognising the issues

DPIPWE recognises that commercial fishing is a complex business. There are some mandatory tasks that must be performed to meet legislative and regulatory requirements, but these haven’t always been implemented in the most efficient way. We are working to change that.

What are we doing about it?

IIn 2018 a review was undertaken of the business processes performed by the Monitoring and the Licensing Sections of the Licensing and Administration Branch. We looked at:

  • form design
  • data requirementsthe way information is provided
  • the legislation which dictates how we do things

In 2019 we focussed on making the changes to licensing forms and processes that were identified in the review. This saw a reduction in the number of licence-related forms and simplification in those remaining, and the implementation of a range of changes to improve how fishing industry members interact with DPIPWE.

Stakeholder engagement

While some changes are obvious, quick and easy to make, others require careful consideration and input from various perspectives. Input will be sought from stakeholders on all changes. This input will come primarily through representation on the Fisheries Digital Transition Project Coordination Group and Steering Committee. Where changes are considerable, the Steering Committee may suggest further engagement before implementation.

How do you​ find out what’s changed?

Check out the Making Life Easier s​​tatus page to view changes to licensing forms. Changes to monitoring dockets and associated forms and instructions will be communicated via your representative body, and through regular updates in the TSIC newsletter.  


At the end of this process interactions between the fishing industry and DPIPWE will be 

  • easier
  • quicker
  • more efficient

All changes are part of the Fisheries Digital Transition Project – where we are developing digital platforms for licensing and reporting.


Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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