​Media Release

Productivity Commission inquiry into fisheries and aquaculture regulation: have your say

31 August 2016

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, today welcomed the release of a draft Productivity Commission report into the regulation of Australia’s marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Minister Ruston said streamlining fisheries regulations without compromising Australia’s high standards of resource and environmental management was a priority for the Coalition Government.

“This government is committed to fostering a competitive, transparent and efficient business environment across every sector of the economy,” Minister Ruston said.

“It is common sense to ensure that Australia’s $2.6 billion aquaculture and fisheries sector is operating as effectively as possible and without the burden of unnecessary red tape.

“That is why the Agricultural Competitiveness and Developing Northern Australia White Papers committed to undertaking this Productivity Commission review.”

Minister Ruston said the review would make an important contribution to the future of the nation’s fisheries.

“This draft report aims to ensure that all opportunities to increase productivity—by cutting unnecessary and costly regulation without compromising our high standards—are on the table,” Minister Ruston said.

“Many of the draft recommendations relate to the way the states and the Northern Territory manage their fisheries. I urge other jurisdictions to continue the reform process to benefit their fishing industries.

“I encourage every interested party, whether industry, stakeholders or individuals with an interest in marine fisheries and aquaculture, to consider this draft report and provide feedback to the inquiry.”

The Productivity Commission inquiry into the regulatory burden imposed on the Australian marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors was established in December 2015.

The draft report provides recommendations on resource access; commercial, recreational and indigenous fishing; jurisdictional arrangements; managing the environment; aquaculture and other issues.

Submissions on the draft report are sought by Friday 14 October 2016. Further details can be found on the Productivity Commission’s website: http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/fisheries-aquaculture