The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) administers regulations that provide the legal framework for managing Commonwealth fisheries. As part of the Australian Government’s requirements to ensure all regulations remain up to date and fit for purpose, they are subject to sunsetting (i.e. they will automatically repeal and cease to have effect), unless they are reviewed and remade.

AFMA is seeking stakeholder comments and views on proposed amendments as part of its review of several existing regulations relating to the management of Commonwealth fisheries under the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991. These regulations are the:

  • Fisheries Management Regulations 1992
  • Fisheries (Administration) Regulations 1992
  • Fisheries Management (Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery) Regulations 1995

These regulations are subject to sunsetting in the period from October 2018 to April 2019. As a result of the review, AFMA will remake these regulations.


As part of this review, AFMA is consulting with a wide range of stakeholders including Commonwealth fishery concession holders, fishing industry organisations, State and Territory fisheries agencies and other Commonwealth departments.


The majority of proposed changes to the current regulations are minimal. Changes aim to simplify arrangements and streamline AFMA’s regulation of Commonwealth fisheries under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, and remove redundancies or make updates resulting from changed management requirements. Clearer and updated management requirements will provide industry with greater certainty and flexibility in making commercial decisions.

More information has been developed and available on the AFMA website including a Public Consultation Package and the Table of Proposed Amendments.

The current Fisheries Management Regulations are available on the Federal Register of Legislation website.


The regulations discussed above are currently intended to be remade before 1 October 2018.scho

We would appreciate your comments on the proposed amendments by COB Friday 11 May 2018.


AFMA welcomes stakeholder input. Comments can be emailed to:

Andrew Pearson, Executive Secretary


Mr Pearson can also be contacted on (02) 6225 5576 should you have any questions.