We want to develop new safety equipment lists for small commercial fishing vessels operating in warm waters.
Definition of warm waters for this determination

Warm waters for this determination are waters with a minimum year-round temperature of above 20 degrees Celsius. These waters extend from the internal waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria south to Ballina. This includes parts of Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern New South Wales.

We want to hear from you if you:
operate or work on a commercial fishing vessel that is less than 12 metres in length and:

You are a single-handed operation.


Operating in waters with wave heights of 1.5m or less.


Operating in warm waters from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Ballina.


Operating within two nautical miles of land or in a beach fishery.

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Next steps

We will use your feedback to help us consider the relevant risks, and if any more changes are needed to the draft alternative safety equipment lists. Our aim is to have the new approved safety equipment list and determination published on our website by December 2020.