Agriculture and Water Resources
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for the efficient and sustainable management of Commonwealth fish resources on behalf of the Australian community. AFMA was established under and is governed by the Fisheries Administration Act 1991. AFMA manages Commonwealth commercial fisheries across an extensive marine area generally extending from three nautical miles out to sea to the extent of the Australian Fishing Zone including Australian fishing vessels operating on the High Seas. Under its foreign compliance functions, AFMA works with other Australian Government agencies and its international counterparts to deter illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone. AFMA also provides fisheries management services to Joint Authorities of the Commonwealth and state governments, including the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA). • AFMA has a Commission (not Board). • Max no. of members: No more than 8 part-time Commissioners (including the Chair) plus the CEO.
Appropriations 45100000
Departmental expenses 38873000
Average staffing level 177
Level 6, 73 Northbourne Ave
Civic ACT 2600

Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Fisheries Administration Act 1991

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality


  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Statutory Agency

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    3 February 1992

  • Postal Address

    Box 7051, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610

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