Queensland commercial fishing fees

Below is a list of current fees, effective 1 July 2016. To view the full table of fees applicable, please refer to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 (PDF, 2.7MB).

Fees under headings marked 'upfront fees' and 'other fees' must be paid directly to Fisheries Queensland along with the appropriate application form.

Fees under the headings marked 'per year' will be invoiced to the named licence holder(s) for payments charged in arrears.

When applying for a new licence, any outstanding invoiced fees will need to be paid with your application in addition to the upfront or other fees. This includes any outstanding fees related to a previous licence that has been cancelled due to non-payment. For more information, or advice on payment of fees in arrears, contact Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23.

Application fees (upfront fees)Cost
New charter fishing licence*$97.95
New/returning commercial fisher licence*$97.95
Other new licences$159.10
Licence registration fees (per year)Cost
Commercial fisher licence$305.85
Commercial fishing boat licence$305.85
Commercial harvest fishing licence$305.85
Carrier boat licence$305.85
Charter fishing licence$305.85
Fishery access fees (per year)Cost
Net fisheries 
East Coast Net (N1)$354.80
East Coast Set Net (N2)$709.55
Gulf Inshore Net (N3)$1345.70
East Coast Net (N4)$2691.30
East Coast Net (N10)$1039.70
Commercial Bait Net (N11)$183.50
Net Gulf of Carpentaria No. 3 (N12)$21,378.35
Net Gulf of Carpentaria No. 4 (N13)$11,876.90
Ocean Beach (K1 to K8)$709.55/symbol
Crab fisheries 
Queensland Crab (C1)$354.80
Spanner Crab Symbol (C2)Nil
Spanner Crab Quota (C2 units)$0.9175/unit
Spanner Crab (C3)$354.80
Line fisheries 
Queensland Line (L1)$354.80
Queensland Line (L2)$354.80
Queensland Line (L3)$354.80
QFJA Line No. 1 (L4)$1039.70
East Coast Multiple Hook (L8)$1039.70
Line Quota Symbols (RQ, SM)Nil
Coral Trout Quota (CT units)$0.3672/unit
Red Throat Emperor Quota (RTE units)$0.1835/unit
Other Species Quota (OS units)$0.1835/unit
Spanish Mackerel (SM units)$0.1835/unit
Trawl fisheries 
Moreton Bay Restricted (M2)$1039.70
East Coast Trawl Quota Symbols (T1, T2, M1)Nil
Trawl Effort Units (T1 or T2 units)$0.3672/unit
Stout Whiting (T4)$354.80
T4-ITQ Unit T4$0.03425/unit
Beam Trawl (T5 to T9)$354.80
Other fisheries 
Rock lobster (R)$0.3672/unit
Shark and ray (S)$709.55
Pearl (P)$354.80
Beche-de-mer quota (B1)$12.2326/unit
Trochus quota (J1) (1 unit = 100kg)$12.2326/unit
Aquarium fish (A1)$354.80
Aquarium fish - limited (A2)$116.25
Eel (E)$116.25
Juvenile eel (JE)$116.25
Oyster harvesting (O)$61.1630/area
Beachworm (W1)$116.25
Bloodworm (W2)$116.25
Yabby (Y)$116.25
Coral harvesting (D)$6.1162/unit
Shell grit harvesting (G)$116.25
Star sand harvesting (H)$116.25
Shell (F)$116.25
Other fees (upfront fees)Cost
Certificate about the register$152.95
Replace an authority$30.65
Amend personal details of holderNil
Boat replacement$152.95
To amend an authority at holder's request$30.65
Fishery symbol movement application$152.95
Permanent transfer of an authority (e.g. licence or quota)$152.95
Temporary transfer of an authority (e.g. licence or quota)$30.65
Inspect the register or obtain a copy of details contained in the register:

  • individual/s licence
  • group listing (e.g. list of all T1 authorities)

From $61.25
From $122.50
Appeals to Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)$315.70
General fisheries permit$305.85
Developmental fishing permit$5749.55
Indigenous fishing permitNil


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