Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support

This qualification specifies the competencies relevant to people working at a local level in a support role to an agency or organisation that has legislated responsibility for the management of fisheries, both wild catch and aquaculture.

Job role

Typically, the qualification will have application for people in Indigenous Australian communities who strive for environmentally sustainable usage of the fisheries, and marine and freshwater environments in their regions.

The Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support has been developed for observers who can report on change and suspected non-compliance using only observable evidence as can be recorded, such as photographs and global positioning system (GPS) readings. People working in this role follow strict procedures and have no authority to approach or confront anyone acting suspiciously or suspected of non-compliance.


Packaging Rules

A total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

six (6) fisheries compliance specialist elective units (Group A) plus

five (5) elective units that may be selected from a combination of:

Group A fisheries compliance specialist units not yet selected for this qualification

Group B elective units

imported units from this Training Package or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of three (3) units can be imported, however, at least two (2) of those units must be aligned to Certificate II or III level. Units must be relevant to fisheries compliance operations and not duplicate skills already selected.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFICORE101C

Apply basic food handling and safety practices

add topic SFICORE103C

Communicate in the seafood industry

add topic SFICORE105B

Work effectively in the seafood industry

add topic SFICORE106B

Meet workplace OHS requirements

Elective units of competency

Group A: Fisheries compliance specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFICOMP201B

Undertake a local operation

add topic SFICOMP202B

Conduct field observations

add topic SFICOMP203B

Promote sustainable use of local marine and freshwater environments

add topic SFICOMP204B

Present evidence in a court setting

add topic SFICOMP205B

Communicate effectively in cross-cultural environments

add topic SFICOMP310C

Operate off-road vehicles

add topic SFIEMS201B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide first aid

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

Group B: Other elective units

Conservation and environment

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM201A

Apply chemicals under supervision

add topic AHCFAU201A

Recognise fauna

add topic AHCILM201A

Maintain cultural places

add topic AHCILM202A

Observe and report plants and/or animals

add topic AHCILM203A

Record information about country

add topic AHCINF202A

Install, maintain and repair fencing

add topic AHCINF203A

Maintain properties and structures

add topic AHCNAR202A

Maintain wildlife habitat refuges

add topic AHCPGD206A

Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

add topic AHCPMG201A

Treat weeds

add topic AHCPMG202A

Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders

add topic AHCSAW201A

Conduct erosion and sediment control activities

Maritime operations

These competencies can contribute towards a MAR20313 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal).

The competencies below are equivalent to the former Elements of Shipboard Safety.

Unit code

Unit title


Transmit and receive information by marine radio


Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment


Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel


Meet work health and safety requirements


Survive at sea using survival craft

Vessel operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFISHIP201C

Comply with organisational and legislative requirements

add topic SFISHIP202C

Contribute to safe navigation

add topic SFISHIP206C

Operate a small vessel

add topic SFISHIP207C

Operate and maintain outboard motors

add topic SFISHIP208C

Operate low powered diesel engines

add topic SFISHIP211C

Prepare for maintenance


    Pathways into the qualification

    Entry into this qualification may be:

    as an Indigenous sea ranger

    by direct entry without prior skills

    in conservation and land management activities

    in Indigenous fishing activities

    in vessel operations.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    SFI30411 Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance.

    This qualification is usually offered by training providers in conjunction with an agency responsible for fisheries management.

    Some competencies are transferrable to other industries, such as conservation and land management, maritime, aquaculture and fishing.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Licences for operating motor vehicles and vessels apply for some competencies.

Employability Skills


SFI20411 Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the fisheries compliance sector for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements and may vary from one agency to another.

Employability Skill

Agency requirements for this qualification include:


reading and interpreting workplace instructions and notices

clarifying workplace instructions and procedures

expressing own opinions

listening to others without interruption

responding to questions

communicating with the public in courteous, non-confrontational and culturally respectful manner

using verbal and non-verbal communication in a culturally sensitive way

using speed and distance calculations to estimate fuel usage and time

completing work-related forms accurately and legibly

recording workplace data.


sharing relevant information with co-workers.

Problem solving

rectifying errors in recording information on forms/documents

resolving or reporting workplace issues

reviewing operational plan and outcomes

making recommendations for improvement.

Initiative and enterprise

identifying errors in recording information on forms/documents

identifying and reporting environmental hazards

identifying and reporting OHS hazards

applying principles of sustainability.

Planning and organising

assessing own work and prioritising within allocated timeframes

making appropriate preparations for observation field trips.


seeking additional support to improve performance

seeking feedback on presentations from audience

undertaking responsibilities and duties in a positive manner.


identifying career options and training opportunities within the enterprise and seafood industry

identifying own learning needs for future work requirements and career aspirations

willing to learn new skills and procedures.


using business computer applications to prepare reports and record work information

using email for communications

using GPS.