​Demerit Points

How many demerit points can a person, licence or fishing certificate accumulate before disqualification or suspension from obtaining or holding a licence?

  • 200 or more demerit points.

How long do demerit points remain in force?

  • Demerit points allocated to a person, licence or fishing certificate remain in force for 5 years from the date of conviction.

Are demerit points transferred with the licence?

  • Yes, demerit points allocated to a licence or fishing certificate continue in force if transferred to a new holder.

  • The Department keeps a register of demerit points, which may be examined on application. A fee applies for this.
  • For more information please refer to the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 on our fisheries legislation page.

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

A vessel monitoring system (VMS) is a satellite-based system designed to track and monitor commercial fishing vessel activity and includes the use of an approved automatic location communicator (ALC) which is fitted to prescribed Tasmanian commercial fishing vessels.

The ALC’s purpose is to provide information on vessel position, course and speed.  This information is transmitted via the ALC and made available to authorised fisheries officers using secure tracking software.

VMS is not designed to be a safety system and is not monitored for this purpose by NRE Tas or any maritime safety agency.

Is VMS required on my vessel?

VMS is required for vessels that are:

  • packaged with a fishing licence (giant crab) that has 15 or more giant crab quota units
  • abalone mother boats
  • undertaking abalone fishing trips as a mother boat and start a trip to take blacklip abalone outside the Bass Strait or northern area and conclude that trip outside the Bass Strait area or conclude a trip outside the northern area in which blacklip abalone was taken in the northern area
  • participating in an open scallop season or are undertaking scallop surveys


Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550