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Letter of transmittal

18 September 2020

Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries
Parliament House

Dear Assistant Minister

We have much pleasure in presenting to you the annual report of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the financial year ended 30 June 2020. This report also includes AFMA’s Annual Performance Statement for 2019-20.

During 2019-20, AFMA, in partnership with industry, continued to provide the Australian community with well-managed Commonwealth commercial fisheries. Sustainable and environmentally responsible fisheries is the key focus of the agency. AFMA has progressed co-management arrangements in our fisheries to further develop collaborative approaches and the benefits for industry from greater stability and responsibility are becoming clear.

AFMA continued to target and apprehend illegal foreign fishing vessels in Australian waters. Illegal operators face hefty fines and the confiscation and destruction of their boats when caught. Evidence continues to show that this vigilance has a strong deterrence affect. Also by maintaining targeted actions and visibility in the field, AFMA encourages voluntary domestic compliance rather than having to take enforcement action against conscious non-compliance.

In 2019-20 AFMA successfully completed the e-fish: An Integrated data capture and sharing project. This project marks a significant step towards making the full value of fisheries data accessible to the Australian community and fisheries stakeholders.

This report has been prepared in accordance with section 87 of the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting) Rule 2014, approved by the Minister for Finance under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

In addition, and as required under section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, we certify that we are satisfied that AFMA has:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans
  • put in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, recording or reporting mechanisms that meet the specific needs of the agency
  • taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the agency.

We give the report to you for presentation to Parliament as required under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Yours sincerely

signature Helen Kroger Chairman

Helen Kroger

signature Wez Norris Chief Executive Officer

Wez Norris
Chief Executive Officer