This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (the authority’s) management of Commonwealth fisheries.

The Australian Fishing Zone is the world’s third largest and extends up to 200 nautical miles offshore. From 2018–19 to 2022–23, the value of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture production is projected to rise by four per cent in real terms to reach $3.1 billion. Australia’s commercial fishing and aquaculture industry employs around 11,600 people.

The authority is the Australian Government agency responsible for the efficient and sustainable management of Commonwealth fish resources on behalf of the Australian community. An audit would follow up Auditor-General Report No. 20 of 2012–13, Administration of the Domestic Fishing Compliance Program, and would include the authority’s assessment of compliance risk and implementation of its performance measurement framework.