Fisheries Queensland develops and applies fisheries legislation and other policy tools.

Several formal processes must be followed when the government proposes changes to legislation. These processes ensure that the community is aware of and has the opportunity to comment on proposed changes.

The principle legislation for Queensland's fisheries are the:

The Fisheries Act 1994 sets out Fisheries Queensland's responsibilities for the economically viable, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable development of Queensland's fisheries resources.

The Fisheries Regulation 2008 defines specific regulatory rights and allocation requirements for people and/or entities wishing to disturb and/or remove Queensland's fisheries resources.

Schedule 1 of the Fisheries Regulation 2008 describes some regulated waters that are closed to fishing. View maps of Fisheries Queensland regulated waters and commercial and recreational fishing closures.

Between 2014 and 2016, amendments were made to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 to update rules for some specific fisheries.

Other legislation administered by Fisheries Queensland include the Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010.

Other relevant development legislation includes the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.