Sharing Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries resources

All Australians own our Commonwealth fisheries resources. They must be shared between many stakeholders.

We are creating a resource sharing framework to outline the government’s approach to ensuring fair access.

The framework will make sure:

  • commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers have appropriate access
  • everyone understands their access rights
  • fisheries managers can decide on sharing arrangements.

We want our fisheries to continue to be well managed. This keeps them sustainable and profitable.

What we’re doing

We are engaging stakeholders during all stages of framework development through:

  • ‘Have Your Say’ surveys
  • targeted stakeholder workshops, including in collaboration with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
  • meetings with a range of interested stakeholders
  • National Fishing Advisory Council meetings
  • 2019 Seafood Directions conference
  • Australian Fisheries Managers Forum meetings.

Submit your feedback

We want to hear from you. Your feedback will help us design a framework that is fit for purpose and reflects your needs.

The first ’Have Your Say’ survey closed on 21 October 2019. However, there is still time to give us your views by contacting us at or (02) 6272 2431.

Next steps

The feedback received from the ‘Have Your Say’ survey and through our continued meetings with a range of stakeholders is helping us to better understand current resource sharing issues.

We are using this information to develop a draft resource sharing framework, which will be released for public feedback in 2020.

We will report back on the survey findings on our Have Your Say page shortly.

Contact us

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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