Fishery working groups

Fishery working groups provide Fisheries Queensland with operational advice on the management of our fisheries. This is a key action under the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy.

Working groups include a range of stakeholders, including commercial and recreational fishers, charter operators, seafood marketers and processors, and people with conservation experience.

Please note: Fishery working groups are advisory only – they are not decision-making bodies.

Read the terms of references and communiques for each working group:

Join a working group

Every 2 years, positions are advertised via an open expression of interest process. Fisheries Queensland looks for a balance of representation across each working group, including:

  • geographic distribution, different stakeholder interests and gender
  • knowledge across the range of species, fishing methods and fishery risks
  • skill set of the particular person
  • minimising appointments of a particular person across multiple working groups.

Ideally, an applicant would not be a member of another fishery working group – there is often a high workload for members who volunteer their time and we want to provide an opportunity for as many people as possible to contribute.

Please note that:

  • membership is on a voluntary basis for up to two years
  • there are no payments for members for being part of the working group
  • members are reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including domestic travel, accommodation costs, motor vehicle allowances and meals).

For more information on governance and operating arrangements, and the process for establishing working groups, read the fishery working groups guideline.

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