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Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme - Stage 2

The Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme aims is to support holders or lessees of particular primary commercial fishing licences (PCFLs) and particular fishery symbols, as well as supporting former skipper and crew members of affected PCFL holders who are affected by the closure of certain fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef region, changes under the Marine Parks Act 2004 to zoning or management in the Great Sandy region or the introduction of new gillnet free areas in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Program information

The following assistance is available under this Scheme; you may be able to apply under more than one section:

Payment for Former Skippers and Crew 

Under this section, a payment is available to former skippers and crew members whose income has been or will be affected by changes to fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef, Great Sandy Marine Park or the Gulf of Carpentaria regions.

Surrender of Primary Commercial Fishing Licences (PCFLs) or ‘N3’ fishery symbol

Under this section, a payment is available to holders of PCFLs who decide to surrender:

  • their PCFL, or 

  • the ‘N3’ fishery symbols written on their PCFL. 

Payments for loss of income 

Under this section, a payment is available equivalent to three financial years of projected income to affected fishers in the following regions based on the applicant’s fishing data:

  • Gulf region, for ‘N3’ and ‘N11’ licences

  • Great Sandy region, for ‘A1’ and ‘A2’ licences

  • East coast fisheries, for Hammerhead sharks

Applications for assistance will close 30 June 2024. For more information on Stage 2 of the Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme assistance, please see the Guidelines below.

For more information on Stage 1, please visit the Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme - Stage 1 webpage.

 

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Skippers and Crew 

To apply for assistance under this Scheme, please read the guidelines and apply online here. 

Alternatively, please download the application form and submit this with your supporting information to QRIDA by one of the following:

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Support for PCFL holders 

To apply for assistance under this Scheme, please download the application form and submit this with your supporting information to QRIDA by one of the following:

For further assistance

If you require further assistance please contact the relevant agency as below:

Additional Support

The Rural Financial Counselling Service are available to provide free financial counselling to fishing enterprises:

Questions concerning your personal taxation circumstances should be directed to your taxation adviser or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 72 86.   

Your health and wellbeing 

Need to talk? Take care of your health and wellbeing by contacting one of the many support networks available: 

  • Stay Afloat – provides confidential mental health support and advice.

  • Primary Health Network 

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service mental health clinicians - For 24 hour medical and emergency help 1800 733 772. 

  • Head to Health - free or low-cost Australian digital mental health services. 

  • ReachOUT is a website-based mental health service for young people.

  • Lifeline, 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services - Call 131 114.

  • MensLine Australia - information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. Call 1300 78 99 78.

  • Suicide Call Back Service - 24/7 telephone and online counselling. Call 1300 659 467.

Frequently asked questions

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If you have queries on the catch history records that have been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries please call 13 25 23 or email FishDataCoordinator@daf.qld.gov.au. 

Yes, you are entitled to a decision review. See reviewing a decision for more information. 

QRIDA will contact you via telephone, email, SMS or post. Should you be concerned about whether contact you have received is genuine, please contact QRIDA on freecall 1800 623 946 and ask to speak with your Portfolio Manager. 

If your application is successful QRIDA will pay the funds to your nominated bank account. 

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Last updated: 04 June 2024