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21 September 2017

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Assistant Minister

We have much pleasure in presenting to you the annual report of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the financial year ended 30 June 2017. This report also includes AFMA’s Annual Performance Statement for 2016–17.

During 2016–17, AFMA continued to efficiently deliver regulatory and management services to Australian fishing operators and the broader community. This has ensured sustainable and profitable Commonwealth fisheries that contributed some $385 million in gross value of production. At the same time AFMA was minimising the risk of unacceptable impacts of Commonwealth fisheries on marine ecosystems and organisms. AFMA also continued to play a key role in the protection of Australia’s marine environment from illegal foreign fishing.

This report has been prepared in accordance with section 87 of the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting) Rule 2014, approved by the Minister for Finance under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

In addition, and as required under section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, we certify that we are satisfied that AFMA has:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans
  • in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, recording or reporting mechanisms that meet the specific needs of the agency
  • taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the agency.

We give the report to you for presentation to Parliament as required under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Yours sincerely

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Helen Kroger
Chairman

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Dr James Findlay
Chief Executive Officer