Australian Marine Parks

A $35 million package to assist industries and communities transition to the new Australian Marine Park management arrangements.

The Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program is the last component of the Fisheries Assistance and User Engagement Package and will provide funding to support the commercial fishing industry’s uptake of electronic and vessel monitoring systems.

  • Our Marine Parks Grants: grants to help marine users and industries engage in marine park management.

  • Fishing Business Assistance: direct assistance to affected commercial fishers with a recent history of fishing in Australian Marine Parks as they transition their businesses to the new operating environment.

Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program

  • The Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program will provide assistance to the commercial fishing industry, through their fisheries management agencies, to support the uptake of electronic and vessel monitoring technology.

  • Enhancing the use of remote electronic and vessel monitoring systems on commercial fishing vessels transiting or operating in Australian Marine Parks will increase levels of voluntary compliance, which is cost effective in preventing inadvertent breaches, supporting sustainable fishing practices and protection and conservation of marine park values.

  • The Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program is open to grant applications from state and Northern Territory fisheries management agencies from 13 October 2021 to 16 November 2021. The Assistance Program is being administered through the Community Grants Hub.

  • The 2018 Australian Marine Park management plans state that the Director of National Parks may, after consultation with the relevant fisheries management agencies and the commercial fishing industry, require all commercial fishing vessels transiting or operating in AMPs to carry an operating vessel identification and monitoring system.

  • The Director of National Parks intends to require all commercial fishing vessels transiting or operating in Australian Marine Parks to carry an operating vessel identification and monitoring system from early 2024. To this end, the Director will commence consultation with fisheries management agencies and the commercial fishing industry in the second half of 2022. The Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program seeks to support and promote uptake of vessel monitoring and e-monitoring technologies ahead of this change, raising awareness and encouraging early uptake.

Further information about this change and the use of electronic and vessel monitoring systems in Australian Marine Parks, can be found here.

Fishing Business Assistance

The Fishing Business Assistance Program is now closed.

  • Fishing Business Assistance provided direct assistance to affected commercial fishers with a recent history of fishing in Australian Marine Parks as they transitioned their businesses to the new operating environment.

  • In August 2018, the Director of National Parks released a Position Paper that set out information on the proposed Fishing Business Assistance program.

  • Following consultation with peak commercial fishing industry bodies, the Director of National Parks amended the program to more effectively meet industry needs. These changes, and responses to issues raised by industry, are set out in the Fishing Business Assistance Grants – Consultation Report.

  • The Fishing Business Assistance grants program was open from 20 March to 7 May 2019. Eligibility for the program was determined in accordance with the Grant Opportunity Guidelines