14 December 2021

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has announced that the 2021-22 Management and Research Levy arrangements for Commonwealth fisheries have been confirmed and the levy rates for the year have been set.

Levy is charged to Commonwealth fisheries concession owners to cover the annual costs associated with managing and ensuring the sustainability of Commonwealth fisheries. Commonwealth concession owners are required to contribute to the cost of managing the fishery in which they own a fishing concession.

The total levy amount owed by concession owners for 2021-22 is divided into three instalments.  The expected invoice issue and due dates are outlined below.

Levy invoice

Expected issue date

Due date

1

12 January 2022

9 February 2022

2

9 March 2022

6 April 2022

3

2 May 2022

30 May 2022

 

There has been an overall increase to the Commonwealth fisheries levy rates for 2021-22. Five fisheries and one sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) have had a decrease in levy while the other nine fisheries and two sectors of the SESSF have seen an increase in levy for 2021-22.

Levy rates for each fishery vary due to several factors including:

  • changes in management and research priorities for each fishery;
  • adjustment for prior year over/under collections; and
  • changes in priorities through the financial year that alter the amount of resources required to administer the fishery.

AFMA remains committed to providing efficient and cost effective fisheries management and continues to work closely with the Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA) to identify opportunities for future efficiencies.

Find more information on the levy rates and arrangements for 2021-22 including individual concession rates, in the AFMA Levy Arrangements Guide 2021-22, available on the AFMA website.