AFMA’s work is directed to achieving the outcome of:

Ecologically sustainable and economically efficient Commonwealth fisheries, through understanding and monitoring Australia’s marine living resources and regulating and monitoring commercial fishing, including domestic licensing and deterrence of illegal foreign fishing.

AFMA’s performance measurement framework is outlined in AFMA’s chapter of the 2010–11 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Portfolio Budget Statements.

Our program, entitled ‘Australian Fisheries Management Authority’, directly reflects our outcome. Under that program, in 2010–11 AFMA pursued its outcome by:

  • applying the Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy and Guidelines to Commonwealth fisheries through fishery harvest strategies
  • prioritising fisheries research based on balancing catch and cost against ecological risk, and using ecological risk assessment and ecological risk management to meet AFMA’s responsibilities for environmentally sustainable fisheries
  • providing incentives for voluntary compliance through simplified regulation of the commercial fishing industry, effective licensing services and promoting direct industry involvement in managing their fisheries
  • deterring illegal fishing in Commonwealth fisheries through targeted enforcement programs based on compliance risk assessments
  • deterring illegal foreign fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone by providing the fisheries focus in the Australian Government border protection arrangements, prosecuting offences and disposing of forfeited boats, gear and catches.

AFMA’s 2010–14 Corporate Plan sets AFMA’s goals and the strategies to achieve those goals for the reporting year and forward outlook. These are summarised in Table 2.

The AFMA program implementing these strategies is described in AFMA’s Annual Operational Plan 2010–11 which sets out the intended actions arising from AFMA’s Corporate Plan 2010–14. Performance against these intended actions is reported in pages 18–33.

For more information on these planning documents, see page 53.

TABLE 2: Corporate Plan 2010–14
Goal Strategy
Complete the implementation of the Australian Government’s policy preference for management by output controls in the form of individual transferable quota in pursuit of better economic performance of Commonwealth fisheries Introduce individual transferable quota management into the northern prawn and eastern tuna fisheries
Maximise voluntary compliance Make fisheries management arrangements more uniform, understandable and enforceable
Effectively deter illegal fishing in Commonwealth fisheries and the Australian Fishing Zone Maintain a well trained and focused compliance enforcement team
Continuously improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of fisheries administration Invest in business processes and technologies that match the core needs of AFMA and its stakeholders
Recover overfished stocks and prevent overfishing Focus Australian community funded research on the size and condition of fish stocks and their ecosystems, prioritised by ecological risks, to underpin fishery management actions
Establish an operational framework for co-management in Commonwealth fisheries Trial methods for enabling the industry to take more responsibility for managing the ecological and economic impacts of commercial fishing