Seafood Processor Grants

​​​​​​​​​ Seafood processing 

Status: CLOSED

Applications for Seafood Processor Grants - Round 1 closed on 10 September 2021.


The Tasmanian Government committed $1 million each year for two years for a Wild Fisheries Action P​lan to support the seafood sector. Seafood processors have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, ongoing access restrictions to key export markets and limitations in the chain of supply. 

Under the Action Plan, the Seafood Processor Grants program has been developed to support Tasmanian seafood processors to innovate and invest in new infrastructure, to supply products to emerging and established markets. 

With the support of these grants, it is anticipated that Tasmanian seafood processors will be able to realign business operations to meet future processing needs associated with the impacts of COVID-19 and associated market disruptions. Innovation by Tasmanian seafood processors is key to securing stable market access, which will underpin a strong and resilient wild-caught seafood sector.  

Funding available

  • The budget for this program is ​$700,000
  • The maximum grant available per application is $80,000
  • A second funding round may occur if some funds remain unallocated after the first. Any remaining funds after two rounds will be allocated to other initiatives under the Wild Fisheries Action Plan. 


The criteria for eligibility under the program include:​

  • Eligible applications will support initiatives that allow the sale of seafood into new market opportunities, including but not limited to:
    • ​Purchase and installation of cooking infrastructure
    • ​Purchase and installation of blast freezing infrastructure
    • ​​Purchase and installation of innovative and/or branded packaging infrastructure
    • Refurbishment or upgrades to existing infrastructure 
    • Engagement of specialist services to improve market entry 
    • Diversification of products through new processing technique(s), packaging or promotion(s)
  • Limited to businesses that currently hold a Fish Processing Licence

  • Must demonstrate business directly impacted by COVID-19 and/or other market di​sruptions related to COVID-19 since January 2020

  • Demonstrate current and ongoing contribution to the industry, and proven ongoing financial viability to show the business will be profitable and sustainable into the future

  • Business must be registered for tax purposes in Australia with an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST;

  • Applicant must demonstrate a government/business co-investment of at least 2:1

Guidelines and application forms

​Applicants should read the program Guidelines prior to applying. Please attach additional pages to your application if you require more space. 

 Seafood Processor Grants - Program Guidelines (PDF 387Kb)

 Seafood Processor Grants - Application Form (PDF 399Kb)

 Seafood Processor Grants - Application Form (DOCX 4Mb)


Seafood Processor Grants
Commercial Fisheries Management
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 0457 124 668

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