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 defined in AFMA’s chapter of the 2011-12 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Portfolio Budget Statements.

Our program, entitled ‘Australian Fisheries Management Authority’, directly reflects our outcome. Under that program, in 2011-12 AFMA pursued its outcome by:

  • refining management arrangements consistent with the Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy and Guidelines that facilitate sustainable and profitable fisheries
  • commissioning 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 and prevent unacceptable impacts of Commonwealth fisheries on marine ecosystems and organisms
  • providing incentives to optimise compliance through simplified regulation of the commercial fishing industry, effective licensing services and promoting direct industry involvement in managing their fisheries
  • 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
  • deterring illegal fishing in Commonwealth fisheries through targeted enforcement based on compliance risk assessments.

AFMA’s 2011-16 Corporate Plan sets out the goals and the strategies to achieve those goals for the reporting year and forward outlook.

These goals and strategies are summarised in Table 1 - Corporate Plan 2011-16.

The program applying these strategies is described in AFMA’s Annual Operational Plan 2011-12, which sets out the intended actions arising from the goals in AFMA’s Corporate Plan 2011-16.

Performance against these intended actions is reported in pages 12-24.

TABLE 1: Corporate Plan 2011–16
Goal Strategy
Complete the implementation of the Australian
Government’s policy preference for management by output controls in the form of individual transferable quota
Introduce and refine individual transferable quota into the Northern Prawn Fishery and other quota managed fisheries
Improve the net economic returns of Commonwealth fisheries Refine management arrangements that facilitate sustainable and profitable fisheries in line with the Commonwealth Harvest Strategy Policy
Deliver sustainable fisheries by managing fishing activities to ensure stocks are at sustainable harvest levels by preventing overfishing and recovering overfished stocks Commission stock assessments and targeted research that are timely and fit for purpose to underpin well-informed management decisions and actions
Prevent unacceptable impacts of Commonwealth fisheries on marine ecosystems and organisms Assess risks and apply management measures under the AFMA ecological risk management framework
Implement management arrangements and frameworks that optimise compliance with regulations Make fisheries management arrangements more uniform, understandable and enforceable and minimise the necessary compliance burden
Effectively deter illegal fishing in Commonwealth fisheries and the Australian Fishing Zone Assess risks and apply management measures under the AFMA ecological risk management framework
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
Develop operational framework for co-management in Commonwealth fisheries Apply lessons from co-management trials to enable industry to enhance their role in the management of commercial fisheries


TABLE 2: Planning and Reporting Structure