Australian Marine Parks - Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program

Category Natural Resources - Conservation and Protection

Status Closed

Delivered on behalf of Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Selection Process Restricted

State/Territory National

Closing Date & Time

The Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program (the program) is the final component of the Fisheries Assistance and User Engagement Package announced by the Australian Government on 1 July 2018.

The program is a single grant opportunity for fisheries management agencies that have the capability and capacity to assist the Director of National Parks in enhancing the use of e-monitoring and vessel monitoring systems (VMS) on commercial fishing vessels transiting or operating in Australian Marine Parks (AMPs). 

The program will build on existing systems and processes such as the National Vessel Monitoring Systems program managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • improve Parks Australia’s knowledge of commercial fishing operations within AMPs
  • reduce compliance risk from commercial fisheries which operate in or transit through AMPs
  • reduce costs to the commercial fishing industry in preparing for possible mandatory VMS whilst operating in or transiting through AMPs by 2024 
  • contribute to increasing the social licence for fishers within AMPs based on greater sustainability
  • increase levels of voluntary compliance and self-regulation by commercial fishers
  • reduce/prevent litigation costs to fishers and government arising from inadvertent breaches of compliance
  • protect and conserve the natural values of AMPs.

For more information about AMPs visit Australian Marine Parks.  

More information

More information about the Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. Further information on electronic and vessel monitoring systems in Australian Marine Parks is available on Parks Australia’s website.

Other grant opportunity documents are only accessible by invited applicants on the
GrantConnect website.

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Please quote 2019-3574 – Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.

Grant Opportunity Documents