Australian Marine Parks

Wednesday 20 March 2019

The Australian Government’s Fishing Business Assistance Grants Program is now open.

Fishing Business Assistance Grants

  • Fishing Business Assistance Grants assist the commercial fishing industry as they continue transitioning their operations to the new management arrangements for Australian Marine Parks.
  • The Australian Government is offering eligible commercial fishers one-off grants, based on the catch records they have provided to their fisheries management agencies.
  • Commercial fishers who are eligible for a grant will receive a letter of offer, which they must accept through the Community Grants Hub.
  • Acceptances close 11 pm AEST on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

To find out more about the grants, including the Grant Opportunity Guidelines, visit the Community Grants Hub.

To help address region or sector-specific impacts, the Australian Government is also delivering a complementary, targeted first round of Our Marine Park Grants focused on the fishing industry.

This $5 million grant round closed on 12 March 2019, and we are currently assessing applications from the invited commercial and recreation fishing organisations. The grants are for projects to improve long-term sustainable fishing and conservation outcomes in Australian Marine Parks.

The second round will open in the second half of 2019, and will be available to a wider range of marine park users.

These grants are part of the broader Fisheries Assistance and User Engagement Package.