Permits and exemptions

Permits and exemptions are required to undertake activities that would otherwise contravene the provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 2007 and supporting regulations. Permits and exemptions are only given where the Minister is satisfied that there is good reason for the proposed activity.

Applications for permits and exemptions are assessed on an individual basis after adequately completed forms have been lodged with the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture Division and associated fee payments have been made. Applications without payment or a supported fee waiver request will be returned to sender. There is no guarantee an application will be successful. Application timeframes can vary due to several reasons, please ensure that you provide adequate time for the assessment process when submitting the application form.

Exemptions may be given for periods of up to 12 months and are not renewable. Each application is considered on its merits. Compliance with the conditions of any prior exemption held by the applicant may also be considered as part of the assessment of any subsequent application.

Policy for the Release of Aquatic Resources (PDF 201.6 KB)

Online application forms

Ministerial exemptions

Application for a Ministerial Exemption or PDF version (PDF 585.4 KB)

Ministerial permits

Application for a Ministerial Permit or PDF versions:

Application for a Miscellaneous Research Fishing Permit (PDF 647.3 KB)


Application for a Variation to a Ministerial Exemption / Permit or PDF versions:

Waiver of application fees

Applicants can apply for a waiver of application fees for an exemption or permit by writing to PIRSA, Fisheries and Aquaculture. These requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Send applications to either:

Page Last Reviewed: 01 Jul 2020
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