Fisheries Officer (WA)
Education and Training:
To become a fisheries officer in WA, you need to apply to the Department of Fisheries (WA). Applicants must be 18 years of age. The department assesses applicants based on experience and a medical and a physical fitness assessment, with Year 10 being the usual minimum requirement. Successful applicants are appointed as entry-level fisheries and marine officers and are required to complete a training programme.
Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have formal qualifications and/or relevant experience in the fishing, aquaculture or agriculture industries. You may like to consider a VET qualification in fisheries compliance. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Knowledge of state and federal government fisheries legislation, as well as the marine environment and resources of WA, is desirable.
A current manual drivers licence is essential. Demonstrated ability to operate small boats is desirable. To be eligible for a permanent appointment you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident.
Applicants may be required to pass a swimming test or hold a swimming certificate or licence. See the separate entry for Lifeguard for more information. A national police clearance may be required.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
Entry to this occupation is very competitive. With experience, and further training, fisheries officers may move into professional science positions or into general management.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is the government agency responsible for the efficient management and sustainable use of Commonwealth fish resources on behalf of the Australian community. Officers performing duties on behalf of the AFMA may be required to perform duties anywhere in Australia.
For Further Information:
Department of Agriculture
Western Australian Fishing Industry Council
Information for other states and territories: