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About AFMA's Performance Framework

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) operates within the Australian Government’s outcome and performance frameworks. The outcome for each agency articulates the government’s objectives for the agency and provides a basis for budgeting and reporting the use of funds appropriated by government. The agency’s purpose, as stated in its corporate plan, sets out why it exists, and identifies the strategic objectives that it intends to pursue.


AFMA’s outcome is:

‘To maximise net economic returns to the Australian community through the ecologically sustainable development of Commonwealth fisheries.’

AFMA’s objective is to deliver sustainable and efficiently managed fisheries and provide a net economic return to the Australian community. In the Portfolio Budget Statements for 2018-19, AFMA is responsible for a single government program: Program 1.1 Australian Fisheries Management Authority. The performance of this program is measured by a number of deliverables and key performance indicators as outlined in the 2018-21 Corporate Plan. Our performance against these targets, as well as other actions, provide an indication of our success in fulfilling our purpose, and in achieving our outcome for the benefit of the Australian community.

The Annual Performance Statement is structured to highlight the major elements of AFMA’s corporate goals:

1. Management of Commonwealth fisheries consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development

To achieve this goal we are required to integrate long-term and short-term economic, environmental, social and equity considerations, apply the precautionary principle and conserve biological diversity. In doing so, we will also work with commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers.

2. Maximum net economic returns to the Australian community from the management of Commonwealth fisheries

We require our management arrangements to create a regulatory environment which enables commercial operators to maximise operating efficiencies and accounts for recreational and Indigenous fishing interests.

3. Compliance with Commonwealth fisheries laws and policies and relevant international fishing obligations and standards

This goal requires that we cooperate with a range of domestic and foreign agencies to maintain effective monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries activities in the Australian Fishing Zone and waters of shared international interest.

4. Deliver efficient, cost-effective and accountable management of Commonwealth fisheries resources

Under this goal we will deliver value for money through improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms and ensure accountability to commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers and the Australian community.


For Commonwealth fisheries during 2018-19, AFMA continued to deliver sustainable and efficient management and provided a net economic return to Australia, including through effective deterrence of illegal fishing. All AFMA's performance targets, with the exception of one, were either fully or partly met (see performance summary and detailed analysis):

Results snapshot

Target met

Target partly met

Target not met

Ecological sustainable development

1.1 Complete an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) and Fisheries Management Strategy (FMS) for each fishery every five years. (number of fisheries)


1.2. The number of high risk rated species from ERAs decline1..


1.3. Fisheries reporting on general bycatch quantiy2 each year (number of fisheries).


1.4 Fisheries reporting decreasing volume of general bycatch each year2 (number of fisheries).


1.5 Number of fisheries with decreasing interaction rates with Threatened Endangered and Protected species (TEPs).


Economic returns

2.1. For economically significant stocks3:

a) Maximise the number of key commercial stocks with harvest strategy targets based on maximum economic yield or the best available proxy4, 5


b) Improve the number of stocks in (a) assessed as being on target4 (number of stocks).


c) For those stocks in (a) that are assessed as not on target, improve the numbers that are heading towards their target reference point4 (number of stocks).


2.2 Major fisheries have harvest strategies that meet the Harvest Strategy Policy 2018 (HSP2018) within 3 years (number of fisheries).


2.3 Other fisheries have harvest strategies that meet the HSP2018 within 4 years (number of fisheries).



3.1 Percentage of treatment targets met for all priority domestic risks


3.2 Percentage of apprehended illegal unreported and unregulated vessels and suspected illegal entry vessels delivered to AFMA that were disposed of


Effective, cost efficient and accountable management

4.1 Cost recovery charges


4.2 Communications with subscribers


  1. The number of “potentially high risk species” has increased by 20% due to the application of new biological reference points for sharks and rays.
  2. Bycatch other than TEPs
  3. Please note that not all Commonwealth fish stocks can be managed by MEY, for example, those managed under international regional bodies.
  4. Where higher and lower value species are caught together, different targets for the lower value species may maximise net economic returns overall.
  5. Assessment methodologies are being reviewed. This may mean that projections may vary.