Current Changes to Make Life Easier

​​​​​The table below shows​ the changes we have made to streamline and simplify processes affecting the commercial fishing industry. This will continue to be updated as improvements are implemented.​


Change No.What's Changed
DescriptionStatus
​32.​The Section 7 and Section 10 forms to enter, vary and cancel interest and ownership in the Register have been renamed and updated, and electronic signatures of the Registrar and Delegate enabled​The two forms referred to as Section 7 and Section 10 have the respective purposes of cancelling or varying an entry in the Register, and registering ownership and/or interest. The forms have been renamed to better reflect their purpose and the format has been updated for ease of use. Additionally, the Registrar and Delegates electronic signatures have been enabled within the licensing system to expedite the processing of the applications. The new forms can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 July 2019
​31.​Trust documents will no longer be routinely required to accompany applications where the licence holder is a trustee ​The Licensing and Administration Branch will no longer routinely request trust documents to accompany applications. This will expedite the processing of applications. Affected application forms will be updated on the Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 July 2019
​30.​Modify the Grant or Renew Fish Processing Licence application form to improve useability​A new methodical and clear form to Grant or Renew Fish Processing Licence has been created, which now only asks for the endorsement of fish specifically required under the legislation. The new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page, and the list of required species can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions web page.
​Implemented
08 June 2019
​29.​Modify the Vary a Fish Processing Licence application form to improve useability and make clear which fish must be endorsed for processing on a licence​A new form to Vary a Fish Processing Licence has been created. To check if the fish you process are required to be endorsed on your fish processing licence, refer to the “Fish Processing Licences” section of the Frequently Asked Questions web page. The new Vary a Fish Processing Licence form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
08 June 2019
​28.​Most application forms to renew or grant a commercial fishing licence have been consolidated into one form ​A single application form has been developed to renew or grant commercial fishing licences, with the exception of mussel spat collection licences and fish processing licences. Existing separate forms fulfilling these functions have been removed and the new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page. It is anticipated that this will streamline application processes​Implemented
08 June 2019
​27.​Most application forms to vary a fishing licence have been consolidated into one form​A single form has been developed to vary fishing licences, with the exception of mussel spat collection licences and fish processing licences. A single form now exists to apply, for relevant licence types, for the addition/removal of fish caufs, purging sites, holding tanks, punts, hand implements, collection species, collection areas, and mackerel species and tonnage. Existing separate forms fulfilling these functions have been removed and the new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
08 June 2019
​26.​Renewal notices for all commercial licences have been updated and streamlined​The existing renewal notices for all licence types have been given an updated look, with critical information and fields moved to prominent position. This will expedite the process of applying for licence renewal for clients. Additionally, product codes have been included to facilitate money receipting by staff.​Implemented
08 June 2019
​25.​A Frequently Asked Questions page has been developedA new Frequently Asked Questions web page has been developed to assist our clients with common queries. The web page will be continually updated to ensure it remains relevant and useful. Suggestions for content are welcomed.
​Implemented
01 June 2019
​24.
​Commercial Licensing renewal notices will no longer be accompanied by information letters​Letters containing information on how to complete, lodge and pay for renewal applications will no longer accompany commercial licensing renewal notices. The information will instead be contained on the notice itself, or within the newly developed Frequently Asked Questions web page.
​Implemented
01 June 2019
​23.​A new Statutory Declaration Form is available to assist in transactions with Licensing and Administration Branch.​A new Statutory Declaration Form is available to assist in transactions with Licensing and Administration Branch. The form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page together with a link to the Justice website which provides a list of what occupation types can witness a statutory declaration.​Implemented
01 May 2019
​22.​All applications to add, change and remove vessels from fishing licences have been consolidated into a single form​​A single application form has been developed to add, change or remove a vessel from a fishing licence (vessel). Existing separate forms fulfilling these functions have been removed and the new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 May 2019
​21​Renewal notices for all fishing licences to be emailed to licence holders who have elected for electronic communication​The Department will email renewal notices to licence holders who have nominated to receive electronic communications, instead of mailing them via regular post. This will reduce delays arising from mail service times, and ensure renewal notices are readily accessible to all clients regardless of their location, effectively expediting the renewal process for the benefit of Industry and DPIPWE staff.​​Implemented
01 May 2019
​20.​All applications to transfer commercial fishing licences, including abalone dive, commercial dive, and class shellfish, have been consolidated into a single form​The application form to Transfer Tasmanian Commercial Fishing Licence(s) now includes fishing licences abalone dive, commercial dive and class shellfish. Existing separate forms fulfilling these functions have been removed and the new form can be found on our  Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 May 2019
​19.​Survey reports will no longer be routinely required to add a known commercial fishing vessel to a licence​Vessel survey reports will no longer be routinely required to add a vessel to a licence, when the vessel is already known to the Licensing and Administration Branch and recorded in our database. This will expedite the process of adding known vessels to licences for the benefit of Industry.​Implemented
01 May 2019
​18.​Forms for the permanent transfer of quota units and/or pots for rock lobster, giant grab, banded morwong and scallop have been consolidated into a single form​
​A single form has been developed for the permanent transfer of quota units and/or pots for rock lobster, giant grab, banded morwong and scallop. Existing forms fulfilling these functions have been removed and the new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 April 2019
​17.​Third party signatures will no longer be required for secondary seasonal transfers of quota units and/or pots for rock lobster, giant grab, banded morwong and scallop​The Department no longer requires the third party signature on the seasonal transfer of quota/pots form. This will expedite the application process for the benefit of Industry. The updated form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 April 2019
​16.​Forms for the seasonal transfer of quota units and/or pots for rock lobster, giant grab, banded morwong and scallop have been consolidated into a single form ​A single form has been developed for the seasonal transfer of quota units and/or pots for rock lobster, giant grab, banded morwong and scallop. Existing forms fulfilling these functions have been removed and the new form can be found on our  Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 April 2019
​15.​Fishing certificates will no longer specify fixed transfer dates of commercial fishing licences ​The Department will no longer record fixed transfer dates of commercial fishing licences on fishing certificates, because temporary transfers are an agreement between parties and not a requirement of the Department. In future, temporary transfers will only be identified by the return of a licence within 2 years to the original licence holder, with payment of reduced fees as per the Fisheries (General and Fees) Regulations 2016.​Implemented
01 April 2019
​14.​Modify the Transfer Tasmanian Commercial Fishing Licence(s) form to reduce the volume of data collected and increase the ease of use​A new clear and methodical form to transfer Tasmanian commercial fishing licence(s) has been created. The improved layout and reduction of data and supporting documents collected will expedite the process of transferring licences. The new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms webpage.Implemented
01 May 2019
​13.​The Partnership, Corporation, Fund and Trust form will no longer be routinely required for licensing applications involving existing clientsThe Partnership, Corporation, Fund and Trust form will no longer be routinely requested with every permanent transfer application. The form will now be applicable for new clients that are a corporation, partnership or trustee, or where a change of directors has been indicated. This will expedite the processing of transfer applications for the benefit of Industry and DPIPWE staff.​Implemented
01 April 2019
​12.​The Shellfish Transfer/Disposal Receipt docket is to be retained by the licence holder and no longer returned to DPIPWE​There is no longer a need for DPIPWE to receive the original (pink) copy of the Shellfish Transfer/Docket Disposal Receipt. However, the holder must retain this copy within the book under S.145 of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.
​Implemented
01 April 2019
​11.​Enable Registrar and Delegate to electronically sign Extracts of the Register, replacement Record of Entry, and associated letters​Enabling electronic signatures will expedite the processing of these applications and forwarding of Extracts of the Register and replacement ROE's to clients.​Implemented
01 May 2019
​10.​Remove the requirement for the Registrar to sign the Replacement of Record of Original Entry (ROE)(Abalone Under Deed) application form ​Removing the requirement for the Registrar or Delegate to sign the application form will expedite the processing of these applications, and forwarding of replacement ROEs to clients The new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 April 2019
​9.​Contracts will no longer be routinely required to accompany applications for licence transfers or Assignment of Rights Under Deed​The Licensing and Administration Branch will no longer routinely request Contracts of Sale or Transfer when performing licence transfers or Assignment of Rights Under Deed. This will expedite the process of processing transfer applications. Affected application forms have been changed on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 March 2019
​8.All licence related applications may now be faxed or emailed (as well as posted), as electronic signatures will be acceptedAll signed licence applications may now be faxed or emailed to the Licensing and Administration Branch. This change will expedite the receipt and processing of licensing applications. Affected application forms have been changed on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
​Implemented
01 March 2019

7.​​Revised the form layout to remove duplication of information on the Partnership, Corporation, Fund or Trust Information and/or Nominated Natural Person Form​A new Partnership, Corporation, Fund or Trust Information and/or Nominated Natural Person Form has been developed. Partners and principle names, signatures and dates of birth now need only be provided once on the form. The new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
​Implemented
15 February 2019
​6.​Supervisors across all fisheries and activities can now be both nominated and removed using a single form​A single form has been developed for the nomination or removal of supervisors from any fishery/licence type, including fishing licence – vessel, abalone dive, commercial dive, King Island kelp, undaria, or a fish processing licence. The form can be used to nominate a new supervisor and remove an old supervisor in one application.  Existing forms fulfilling these functions have been removed or modified. The new form can be found on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
15 February 2019
5.​​Remove ABN/ACN data collection from all licensing forms (except the Partnership, Corporation, Fund or Trust Information and/or Nominated Natural Person Form)​ABN/ACN numbers will now only be collected on the Partnership, Corporation, Fund or Trust Information and/or Nominated Natural Person Form. The branch will continue to collect current ASIC extracts where relevant, which will be used to confirm this information. This change will alleviate duplication of data collection across forms, and reduce the amount of information clients must provide on applications. Affected application forms have been changed on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
​Implemented
01 March 2019
​4.​Improve method of collecting consent for email communication with stakeholders and licence holdersA new form has been created for requesting your Consent to Receive Communication by Electronic Notification from DPIPWE. Currently clients can nominate an email address to receive their fishing certificates, but ​DPIPWE wishes to extend this communication to all Marine Resources related documents. The new form can be found on our Commercial Fishing Forms web page.
Implemented
15 February 2019
​3.​Vessel stickers will no longer be issued​Vessel Stickers will no longer be issued or required to be returned to DPIPWE as part of a licensing application process. This will accelerate the application process and eliminate the time delay between application approval and receipt of vessel sticker and ability to go fishing. All relevant application forms have been changed on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.​Implemented
01 March 2019
​2.The return of current fishing certificates as part of the licensing application process resulting in licences being varied is no longer a requirement​​Fishing certificates will no longer be required to be returned as part of the application process. This decision has been a natural progression of emailing certificates. This change will expedite the application process and provide benefit to those fishers that require a certificate to be carried aboard a vessel. All relevant application forms have been changed on our Commercial Licensing Forms web page.
​Implemented
01 March 2019

​1.​Facilitate the correction of dockets and returns electronically where possible ​There is now a standardised approach for all licensing and monitoring staff when advising clients of omissions or errors on dockets and/or returns.
Streamlining and standardising the method for requesting and receiving corrections will reduce time spent following them up for both the Branch and Industry.
A new email for Fisheries Monitoring related enquiries, including corrections, has been created – Fisheries.Monitoring@dpipwe.tas.gov.au .

​Implemented
January 2019

Contact

Licensing and Fisheries Monitoring Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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