Demerit points

A demerit point scheme was introduced in 2009 as an additional deterrent against fisheries offences.

Any person or body corporate that:

  • is found guilty of an offence
  • pays an expiation fee (an on-the-spot-fine)

will be given demerit points.

Demerit points have a lifespan of 5 years from the date they are given. Demerit points will stay against an authority if it is sold or transferred. After 5 years the demerit points are removed.

A person or body corporate will be notified in writing if they have 100 demerit points. The letter will give a demerit point balance.

Demerit Point Scheme Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 311.1 KB or DOCX 79.8 KB)

When a person has 200 demerit points

When a person is given 200 points within 5 years they may be disqualified from:

  • holding an authority issued under the Fisheries Management Act 2007, including
    • a commercial fishing licence
    • a fish processor registration
    • a recreational registration for pots or nets
    • operating as a director in a body corporate that holds an authority
  • being a registered master on any boat

for 10 years. The authority held by a disqualified person will be immediately suspended and must be transferred. The Minister will compulsorily acquire the licence if it is not transferred within 180 days.
Non-transferrable licences will be cancelled.

When a body corporate has 200 demerit points

When a body corporate is given 200 demerit points within 5 years each director is disqualified from holding or obtaining an authority for 10 years.

The authority held by a disqualified body corporate will be immediately suspended and must be transferred. The Minister will compulsorily acquire the licence if it is not transferred within 180 days.
Non-transferrable licences will be cancelled.

See the Fisheries Management (Demerit Points) Regulations 2009 for a:

  • list of offences
  • number of demerit points for offences.

Check your demerit point balance

You can:

to check your demerit point balance.

Authority

Authority means a:

  • licence
  • permit
  • registration
  • authorisation
  • authority

under the Fisheries Management Act 2007.

Page Last Reviewed: 28 Jul 2017
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