Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme

The Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme aims to support holders and lessees of eligible primary commercial fishing licences (PCFL), fishery symbol holders and skippers and crew members who are affected by the closure of certain fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef region, changes to the Great Sandy Marine Park zoning plan and the introduction of new gillnet free areas in the Gulf of Carpentaria. 

Stage One

The following assistance is available under Stage One of the Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme:

  • Grant for advice 

  • Retired and surrendered PCFL and fishery symbols 

  • Surrender of PCFL and fishery symbols (Round 2)

  • Payments for quota units 

  • Payments for loss of income

Stage Two

The following assistance is available under Stage Two of the Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme: 

  • Payments for former skipper & crew members

  • Surrender of PCFL or ‘N3’ fishery symbol (Gulf region)

  • Payments for loss of income for ‘N3’ and ‘N11’ licences (Gulf region) 

  • Payments for loss of income for ‘A1’ and ‘A2’ licences (Great Sandy region) 

  • Payments for loss of income for Hammerhead sharks (East coast fisheries)

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.

QRIDA is administering the Fisheries Structural Adjustment Scheme on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Last updated: 17 May 2024