Self-assessable codes for fisheries development

Transition from self-assessable codes to accepted development requirements

From 3 July, 2017 the Planning Act 2016 takes effect. In line with legislative reform, existing self-assessable codes for fisheries development will no longer apply. Self-assessable development will be transitioned into accepted development.

On/after 3 July, 2017, any development that is accepted development under the Planning Act must be completed in accordance with the below accepted development requirements.

Any development that has already commenced under the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ self-assessable codes can be completed in accordance with the relevant self-assessable code.

View details on the new accepted development requirements now.

April 2017 Tropical Cyclone Debbie and flood recovery works
Post flooding and Tropical Cyclone Debbie impacts and fish habitat recovery (PDF, 797.8KB) about repairs and replacements of private and public authorised structures and temporary amendments to self-assessable codes (effective 27 March 2017 to 30 June 2018).

February 2015 Tropical Cyclone Marcia and flood recovery works
Post flooding and Tropical Cyclone Marcia impacts and fish habitat recovery about repairs and replacement of private and public authorised structures and temporary amendments to self-assessable codes (effective 20 February 2015  - 20 February 2018).

April 2014 Tropical Cyclone Ita and flood recovery works
Post flooding and Tropical Cyclone Ita impacts and fish habitat recovery (PDF, 395.0KB) about repairs and replacement of private and public authorised structures and temporary amendments to self-assessable codes (effective 15 April 2014 - 15 April 2017).

January 2013 Tropical Cyclone Oswald and flood recovery works
Tropical Cyclone Oswald, flood recovery and fish habitats (PDF, 93.1KB) about repairs and replacement of private and public authorised structures and temporary amendments to self-assessable codes (effective 7 February 2013 - 31 January 2017).

January 2011 cyclone and flood recovery works
Flooding events and information for the recovery and impact of fish habitats (PDF, 71.6KB) about repairs and replacement of authorised public structures and temporary amendments to self-assessable codes (effective to 31 October 2015).

Photograph of boardwalk through mangroves

Trimming marine plants to maintain boardwalks may be performed under a self-assessable code

If you are unsure whether your activities/works need a Fisheries development approval or can be done under a self-assessable code, read the SPA Fact Sheets . For waterway determination for waterway barrier works refer to the Guide for the determination of waterways (PDF, 116.9KB) and associated GIS data layer.

Self-assessable codes may be used for low-impact development activities/works involving aquaculture, disturbance to marine fish habitats and waterway barriers under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Residents, land and facility managers, surveyors, researchers, educators and rehabilitators can undertake many activities under a SAC, including maintenance around structures such as boundary fences, bridges, roads, boat ramps, jetties and walkways or cycleways (MP02).

An approval is not required for works performed under a self-assessable code if completed within the code's restrictions. However, pre-works notification and on-site signage requirements do apply.

Marine fish habitat

Maintenance of a structure

Trimming around lawful structures, e.g; boundary fences, jetties, pontoons, revetments, boardwalks, stormwater outlets, runnels for mosquito control
MP02: Maintenance works on existing lawful structures (other than powerlines and on-farm drains) in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 501.6KB)
Powerlines and associated infrastructure
MP04: Maintenance works on powerlines and associated infrastructure in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 258.0KB)
On-farm drains
MP03: On-farm drain maintenance works involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 152.5KB)

Construction or placement of new structures

Boundary fences, Jetties, pontoons, moorings, mooring piles, navigation aids1 and signs
MP06: Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 365.5KB)

1A resource allocation authority may be required before the code is used for these structures in a declared fish habitat area (FHA).

Aquaculture

Conducting small-scale aquaculture in recirculating tanks or ponds
AQUA01: Low-impact aquaculture (PDF, 530.7KB)
Self-assessable aquaculture
Health management technical guidelines for aquaculture: self-assessable code (PDF, 89.0KB)
Notes on self-assessable development for aquaculture

Education, research and monitoring

Collection of marine plants and sediment, marine plant trimming for a line-of-sight survey and placement of monitoring equipment and pitfall traps
MP05: Works for educational, research or monitoring purposes in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 181.2KB)

Rehabilitation of tidal lands

Removal of mangrove seeds and other marine plants for rehabilitation
MP06: Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 365.5KB)

Health and safety works

Runnelling for mosquito control2, swimming enclosures2 and removal of toxic and nuisance algae from foreshores
MP06: Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 365.5KB)
MP02: Maintenance works on existing lawful structures in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 501.6KB)

2A resource allocation authority may be required before the code is used for these structures in a declared FHA.

Collection of dead marine wood

Dead marine wood collection from unallocated state land3
MP01: Removal of dead marine wood from unallocated state land for trade or commerce (PDF, 164.8KB)
Dead marine wood collection from private land
MP06: Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal, destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 365.5KB)

3A resource allocation authority is required before this code may be used.

Limited use of marine plants for hobby and craft

Use of sea lettuce for fishing bait and salvage of plant material from development sites
MP06: Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 365.5KB)

Operational works as detailed in a site based operational plan / marine plant management strategy

Flood mitigation works, public amenity mangrove trimming and in-stream structure maintenance and foreshore management
MP06: Minor impact works in a declared fish habitat area or involving the removal destruction or damage of marine plants (PDF, 365.5KB)

Waterway barrier works

Determination of a waterway using the GIS layer Queensland Waterways for Waterway Barrier Works
Guide for the determination of waterways using the spatial data layer Queensland waterways for waterway barrier works (PDF, 116.9KB)
Minor waterway barrier works including construction of minor dams (Part 1)
WWBW01-P1: Construction of minor dams and weirs (PDF, 717.0KB)
Replacement of existing floodgates (Part 2)
WWBW01-P2: Replacement of existing floodgates (PDF, 447.0KB)
Construction and maintenance of culverts (Part 3)
WWBW01-P3: Construction and maintenance of culverts (PDF, 2.2MB)
Construction and maintenance of bed level crossings (Part 4)
WWBW01-P4: Construction and maintenance of bed level crossings (PDF, 1.6MB)
Temporary waterway barrier works
WWBW02: Temporary waterway barrier works (PDF, 567.5KB)
Regularly constructed sand dam waterway barriers built in the lower-Burdekin area
WWBW03: Regularly constructed temporary waterway barrier works (PDF, 2.3MB)

Fish habitat area code of practice

Certain 'non-development' activities may be permitted in a declared FHA if done in accordance with a code of practice. No approval is required for these activities; however, pre-works notification is required.

The removal of noxious fisheries resources, declared animals and plants, and environmental weeds in a declared fish habitat area
FHACoP01: Code of practice for the lawful use of physical, pesticide and biological controls in a declared fish habitat area (PDF, 67.3KB)

Further information

Last updated 29 June 2017