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Business types in this industry


The fisheries industry includes:

  • fishing businesses
  • hunting businesses
  • trapping businesses
  • aquaculture businesses

Find out more about fisheries policies and regulations.

Licences and permits


State or territory governments manage the licences and permits for the fisheries industry.

The licences and permits you may need include:

  • approval to conduct fishing activities
  • approval to use certain fishing equipment
  • chemical use in aquaculture
  • protecting marine parks
  • protecting marine life
  • disposal of waste
  • managing fish population
  • aquaculture

Find the licences and permits you need for your business

Search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) to find information on the licences you may need.

Taxation


The fisheries have specific Goods and Services Tax (GST) measures. Know your GST obligations and register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure you can claim your GST credits.

Learn more about the GST requirements for the fisheries industry.

Levies and charges


Levies and charges in the fisheries industry are used to:

  • collect data
  • conduct scientific research
  • manage fish resources
  • ensure sustainability

The main levies and charges that apply to the fisheries industry include:

  • levies for farmed prawns
  • levies as part of fishing permits and licences
  • quota management charges

Additional levies and charges that apply if you export fish or fish products.

Find information about licensing, quotas and any fees and levies that may apply to you.

Employing people


If you employ staff , you need to comply with Australia’s national workplace laws specific to the fisheries industry.

Browse a list of industry and occupation awards to find the one that applies to your industry.

Workplace health and safety (WHS)


All business must comply with general work health and safety regulations. The fisheries industry also has state specific WHS requirements. These include:

  • protective clothing such as life jackets
  • vessel safety equipment requirements
  • manual handling safety standards
  • preventing accidents and diseases
  • workplace noise management

Learn more about state-specific WHS requirements.

Environment


Businesses in the fisheries industry often rely heavily on the environment and stand to have the biggest benefits and impacts. The main environmental issues that businesses in the fisheries industry should understand include:

  • fish quotas
  • sustainability
  • reporting
  • waste management and reduction

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Further advice and assistance

Check our general business information for additional regulations and obligations relevant to your business.

For further advice and assistance, consider contacting your accountant, solicitor, business adviser or industry association.

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