Application for VMS Temporary Switch Off (TSO)

This form is to be completed in full. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) may confirm information provided in this form during its assessment.

By completing this form you declare that you are authorised by the concession holder to act on their behalf for the nominated vessel. You agree to the terms and conditions stated in the application.

Note - Information provided in this applications is to be true and correct. Deliberately providing inaccurate information is an offence under Section 135.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 - Acting with the intention of obtaining gain from a Commonwealth entity by dishonest means.

What you need to do

You can complete the webform below that will be submitted to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority for processing.


You can download a word version of the VMS Temporary Switch Off form and email the completed form to

Temporary Switch Off terms and conditions

Filling in this application does not constitute approval to switch off the VMS unit. The following terms and conditions will only apply to a TSO issued by AFMA. If the VMS unit is not operating continuously without a TSO being issued then the concession holder may be held liable for breaching their permit conditions.  

The vessel must remain at the location specified for the duration of the TSO unless you have contacted AFMA (see contacting AFMA below) and received confirmation that the vessel is to be moved. This must be done prior to moving the vessel.  

Your TSO will expire when one of the following occurs: 

  • The negotiated period expires;
  • The vessel leaves the specified location; or
  • A new TSO is issued by AFMA in place of the current one.

Before the end of the TSO period you must:

  • Switch the VMS unit back on and contact AFMA to verify that it is polling; or
  • If more time is needed before the VMS unit is fully operational submit a new TSO application.


Application for VMS Temporary Switch Off


Concession holder details
Contact details
Postal address
Vessel details
Temporary Switch Off details
Please enter the date the VMS will be switched off DD/MM/YYYY
Please enter the date the VMS will be switched back on DD/MM/YYYY
Location of vessel during this period (description of locations such that the vessel may be easily located e.g. Pier 5, Port Aqua).
Briefly describe the reasons you are seeking a VMS Temporary Switch Off.
Please attach any other information that you consider may assist in your application (e.g advice from VMS technicians or photographs).
Files must be less than 15 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.