Tiger flathead Danish seining.

Tiger flathead Danish seining
Photo courtesy: David Schubert, AFMA

This report provides details of the operations and performance of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the financial year ending 30 June 2018, as forecast in the Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18 and the AFMA Corporate Plan 2017–20. It has been prepared in accordance with Australian Government and legislative requirements, including the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The Annual Report is primarily a mechanism of accountability to the Australian Government. It also provides a valuable resource for AFMA’s clients, government at all levels, industry and the general community.

Part 1 – Overview

Provides the Chairman’s and Chief Executive Officer’s review, looking at AFMA’s key achievements in 2017–18, an outlook for 2018–19 as well as explains our functions, services and stakeholders.

Part 2 – Performance

Details AFMA’s Annual Performance Statement 2017–18 explaining our major objectives, performance results and an analysis of those results.

Part 3 – Fishery Reports

Describes each fishery’s contribution to the performance results for the year, any significant changes to management arrangements and highlights the opportunities and challenges faced in meeting our objectives as described in the Annual Performance Statement.

Part 4 – Management and accountability

Covers AFMA’s governance arrangements and practices, including financial management, human resource management activities, risk management practices and monitoring and review mechanisms.

Part 5 – Financial statements

Consists of AFMA’s financial statement for the 2017–18 financial year, as independently audited by the Australian National Audit Office. These statements include financial performance, financial position and cash flows during 2017–18.

Part 6 – Appendices

The appendices include reporting requirements such as details of AFMA’s Commission, executive and committees, civil litigation outcomes, management advisory committee meetings and membership, freedom of information, ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance, consultancy services, work health and safety, disability reporting, agency resources and payments and a statement of expenses by outcomes.

Part 7 – Glossary and indexes

Provides a list of requirements as set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting) Rule 2014 and the Resource Management Guide no 135 ‘Annual reports for non-corporate Commonwealth entities’. The annual reporting requirements of the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 are also shown. A glossary and index are included in this section.