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AFMA’s Annual Operational Plan is a detailed plan for the delivery of AFMA’s outcome and program for the coming year. It includes strategies, responsibilities and performance indicators as well as outlining the actions we intend to take in the coming year to give effect to or further our main goals in our Corporate Plan.

2016-17 Annual Operational Plan (PDF, 1.2MB)
2015-16 Annual Operational Plan
2014-15 Annual Operational Plan (PDF, 403 KB)
2013-14 Annual Operational Plan (Word, 285 KB)
2012-13 Annual Operational Plan (Word, 2 MB)
2011-12 Annual Operational Plan (PDF, 12 MB)

Our Client Service Charter informs stakeholders and clients of the standards of service they can expect in their dealings with us.

The Client Service Charter process provides an avenue for clients to comment on our performance and a means to address concerns if they believe we are not meeting our service standards.

View AFMA’s Client Service Charter.

Our Corporate Plan has a five year focus. It tells stakeholders what our outcome and outputs are, and what indicators will be used to measure successful delivery of the outcome.

The Corporate Plan also outlines factors that are likely to influence the operating environment in the future, priorities for improvement and what our future directions are over the remaining period of the plan.

2016-19 AFMA Corporate Plan (PDF, 430KB)

2015-18 AFMA Corporate Plan

2014-17 AFMA Corporate Plan (PDF, 1 MB)

Current arrangements

AFMA’s Cost Recovery Impact Statement describes how AFMA will charge fishing concession holders for the management of Commonwealth fisheries. AFMA’s 2015-16 cost recovered budget has been prepared in accordance with this statement.

AFMA’s Cost Recovery Impact Statement 2010

Future arrangements

New Department of Finance Cost Recovery Guidelines have recently been released. In line with the new guidelines, cost recovered agencies such as AFMA are required to prepare new cost recovery implementation statements. AFMA is currently working with stakeholders to revise its cost recovery arrangements to accord with the new Cost recovery guidelines. The new cost recovery statement will come into effect for the 2016-17 financial year. A draft consultation process and initial documentation will be available on this page shortly.

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives any person the right to:

  • access copies of documents (except exempt documents) we hold
  • ask for information we hold about you to be changed or annotated if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading, and
  • seek a review of our decision not to allow you access to a document or not to amend your personal record.

You can ask to see any document that we hold. We can refuse access to some documents, or parts of documents that are exempt. Exempt documents may include those relating to national security, documents containing material obtained in confidence and Cabinet documents, or other matters set out in the FOI Act.

You can get certain information, including personal information we hold about you, without following a formal process under the FOI Act.

You should also check the information we have published under the Information Publication Scheme and FOI disclosure log to see if what you are seeking is already available.

Further information can be found from the following links:

The ICT Strategic Plan builds upon the work undertaken in the 2005 strategic IT review and provides a set of resourced priorities and initiatives for AFMA to implement over the next three years.

ICT Strategic Plan Executive Briefing 2008-11 (PDF, 1 MB)

AFMA is required to comply with the obligations set out in the Legal Services Directions 2005, issued by the Attorney-General under the Judiciary Act 1903. Paragraph 11.1(ba) of the Directions prescribes that the Chief Executive Officer of a Commonwealth Agency is required to make publicly available records of the agency’s legal services expenditure for each financial year. These records include the total amounts spent on external legal expenses, such as counsel and legal firms’ fees, travel costs and other disbursements, and internal legal fees comprising of legal staff salaries and superannuation.

Portfolio Budget Statements inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes for the coming year. The statements detail financial arrangements, allot expenditure against individual activities and describe how these activities contribute to the government’s priorities.

View the full list of current and previous Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio Budget Statements.

The Portfolio Multicultural Plan  2013-15 aims to improve engagement with persons of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The plan was developed by  the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as a response to the Access and Equity Inquiry held in March 2013. All government departments and agencies were required to prepare a two-year Multicultural Plan aimed at improving their performance in responding to the needs of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse population.

The Portfolio Multicultural Plan covers the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as well as AFMA and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Read the full version of the Portfolio Multicultural Plan 2013-15 on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) came into effect on 15 January 2014.  The Act creates a public interest disclosure scheme that promotes integrity and accountability in the Australian public sector. The public interest disclosure scheme extends beyond the Australian Public Service to a range of Commonwealth entities, including Commonwealth companies and authorities, and contracted service providers.  Only public officials, or persons deemed to be public officials, can make a Public Interest Disclosure. The Act promotes accountability and integrity in the Australian Public Service by encouraging the disclosure of information about suspected wrongdoing, supporting and protecting disclosers from adverse consequences and ensuring that public interest disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.

Read more about public interest disclosure.

The Australian Government Regulator Performance Framework (RPF) was developed to ‘encourage regulators to undertake their functions with the minimum impact necessary to achieve regulatory objectives and to effect positive ongoing and lasting cultural change within regulators.

The RPF contains six indicators against which regulators are to measure their performance:

  • regulators do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities
  • communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective
  • actions undertaken by regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed
  • compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated
  • regulators are open and transparent in dealing with regulated entities
  • regulators actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks.

Download a copy of AFMA’s Regulatory Performance Framework for 2015-16.

The Regulatory Change Plans outline proposed new regulatory plans and changes to regulatory plans. Each Commonwealth agency that has responsibility for business regulation is required to publish a regulatory plan on its website early in each financial year. The regulatory plan deals with changes within the agency’s area of responsibility and contains information about:

  • changes to business regulation which have occurred since the beginning of the previous financial year
  • activities planned in the current financial year which could lead to changes to business regulation.

AFMA’s regulatory plan can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website as detailed in the Past Regulatory Change document and Proposed Regulatory Change document.

Senate Order on non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts listing for the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016

All procurement contracts required to be listed pursuant to the Senate Order can be found on the AusTender  Homepage ( The report is titled Entity Reports for complying with the Senate Order on Procurement Contracts and use of Confidentiality Provisions.

The Senate Order on Entity Contracts required the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to list contracts with an estimated value of $100,000 or more and which were:

  • not been fully performed as at 31 December 2016 or
  • entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December 2016.

The contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general  nature that are designed to protect the confidential information of the parties that may be obtained or generated in carrying out the contract.  The reasons for including such clauses include:

  • ordinary commercial prudence that requires protection of trade secrets, proprietary information and the like; and/or
  • protection of other Commonwealth material and personal information.

Grant contracts – No grants were administered during the 2016 calendar year.

Contracts for supply of goods/services – No contracts for the supply of goods/services were entered into during the 2016 calendar year.

Disposal of Assets and other Financial arrangement contracts – No contracts for Disposal of Assets and other Financial arrangement  contracts were entered into during the 2016 calendar year.

The estimated cost of complying with the Senate Order is $1000, and is calculated based on time taken by hourly rate.

List of contracts which provide for consideration to the value of $100 000 or more for:

AFMA’s tender opportunities are published on the Australian Government Advertising website.