Australian Marine Parks

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

The Package includes:

  • 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
  • Our Marine Parks Grants: grants to help marine users and industries engage in marine park management
  • support to encourage uptake of vessel monitoring systems.

Fishing Business Assistance

  • Fishing Business Assistance provides 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.

  • 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

The Fishing Business Assistance Program is now closed.