​Reform ​Benefit
Reformed Fisheries Regulation to reduce red tape
  • Resource sharing framework and transferable quotas.
  • List of approved operators for fishing licences.
    Under section 17E of the amended Fisheries Act a commercial fishing licensee must appoint an approved operator to undertake fishing operations. A list of approved operators will be published by the director and licensees can appoint anyone from this list without further approval from the director. No longer need to seek approval of director of fisheries each time a licence owner employs a person to work a license on their behalf.
    Will reduce red tape and make it easier for licensed operators to appoint someone to operate their licence. This amended approach will provide industry with improved certainty and clarity.
  • Increased commercial fishing licence terms and clarity around responsibilities.
    Industry will be provided with greater certainty by increasing licence tenure to 10 years from the current five.
  • Improved regulator performance for fisheries
  • Established a more contemporary regulatory framework with broader penalty options to enable proportionate enforcement responses. Compliance is more efficient through the use of electronic monitoring systems and there is increased flexibility to exempt an activity from requiring a licence.

Owner: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

​Planning Regulation 2015 has been amended to include commercial forestry leases as exempt subdivisions

​This means leases for the purpose of commercial forestry do not have to obtain planning approval under Part 5 of the Planning Act.

Owner: Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment

​Introduction of a 10-year enterprise permit for crocodile farms

​The Saltwater Crocodile Wildlife Trade Management Plan (WTMP) 2016 to 2020 effective 1 January 2016. WTMP reduces the regulatory burden on the Territory crocodile industry by streamlining regulation requirements including the introduction of a 10-year enterprise permit for farms.

Owner: Department of Land Resource Management

​New 1080 Wild Dog Management Program


​The new 1080 Wild Dog Management Program ensures pastoralists have the powers they need to get on with the successful management of their properties. Reducing red tape by replacing the annual permit with a five year baiting permit.

Key components of the new 1080 Wild Dog Management Program include:

  • Replacing annual permit with a five year permit.
  • Simplified training and accreditation processes, including more flexible onsite training options for those involved in laying baits.
  • Transport and collection of concentrate will be made more flexible, allowing delivery by freight companies.
  • Giving pastoralists more flexibility to coordinate targeted baiting programs with their neighbours.
  • Industry to develop a Code of Practice within 12 months, giving it the autonomy to drive best practice method.

Owner: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

Removed restrictions on the land use options available to pastoral properties

Allows the Pastoral Land Board to issue non-pastoral use permits on pastoral land allowing greater diversification opportunities for pastoral properties.

Amended Pastoral Land Act to increase flexibility of land use options available to pastoral properties to support their economic sustainability.

Owner: Department of Land Resource Management

Moved from annual permits to 30 year permits for non-pastoral lease permits

Lessees who previously had to apply for annual non-pastoral use permits can now apply  for permits for up to 30 years and have the permit registered to the lease through the Land Titles Office, making the permit transferable upon sale of the property. Previously, the permit was only issued to the lessee. These changes reduce red tape and administration by the lessee, the department and the Pastoral Land Board. This will have saved, on estimation, 40 hours per non-pastoral use application that was required to be renewed annually. This time is equated through resources previously invested in 're-applying' by the lessee, administration of the application by the department, and administration of the permit by the Pastoral Land Board.

Owner: Department of Land Resource Management

Reduced approval time for land clearing applications

Applications are now processed within eight to 14 weeks of lodgement since 2013, as opposed to up to six months previously.

Owner: Department of Land Resource Management

Agribusiness investors booklet

Explains the regulatory and approvals regime reducing costs and providing regulatory certainty.

Owner: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

Introduced an industry development plan supporting reduction in red and green tape

Launched in September 2013 to develop and sustain the Territory's agriculture and fisheries industry - reduction in red tape, flexibility of land use on pastoral leases and facilitating availability of land for primary production.

Owner: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

​Reform ​Benefit
Providing easy to access information about land and water resources to assist agribusiness and investors

DLRM study 'Identification of Potential Land for long-term sustainable food production' reduces costs for businesses / investors.

Owner: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries and Department of Land Resource Management

The new Food Industry Group initiative is developing tools to support pastoralists to diversify their businesses and improve sustainability

Provides information in an easy to access format to assist business.

Owner: Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

Reducing regulatory burden for Crocodile farming / sustainable wildlife use

The Territory Crocodile industry relies on the sustainable harvest of crocodile eggs from the wild through permits issued under the TPWC Act. Increased vertical integration of the industry requires movement of crocodiles between farms in the NT and Queensland, with complex import / export permit requirements.  In order to reduce regulatory load on the industry and reduce administrative / compliance costs to government the following reforms are being implemented:

  1. Consolidate egg harvest permits so that a single permit allows the proponent to collect from multiple areas, and for up to five years. This has greatly reduced the total number of permits and transaction costs for industry and government - 40 permits in 2009 has been reduced to 14 in 2012.
  2. Development of 'enterprise permits' or licences for crocodile farms. A single enterprise permit will cover most areas of farm activity and will apply for 10 years. The enterprise permit with allow for import and export without the need for application for a permit for each shipment. The further development of these into a farm licence will allow for transfer of ownership of animals with the sale of the farm.
  3. Reduce regulatory requirements for movement of crocodiles between NT and Queensland. In collaboration with Queensland Government, the requirements for export and import permits for each separate shipment will be reduced or possibly removed.

Owner: Department of Land Resource Management

Weed management compliance

Developing an electronic database system for the processing and management of landholder compliance under section 9 of the NT Weed Management Act, General Duties - Management of Weeds.

The database will ensure integrity of information, with all comments housed in the one database, while historical agency comments on parcels of land can be accessed spatially. This activity will create enormous internal efficiencies in administering this section of the Act.

Owner: Department of Land Resource Management

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