Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance

This qualification specifies the minimum requirement for entry into a career as a trainee fisheries officer.

Job role

A person operating at this level will be engaged in promoting compliance with fisheries legislation for recreational and commercial fishers, and the general public. On occasions it may be necessary to exercise compliance powers.

Job title includes:

trainee fisheries officer.


Packaging Rules

A total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be achieved.

three (3) core units plus

eight (8) fisheries compliance specialist elective units (Group A) plus

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

Group A fisheries compliance specialist elective 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 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 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 SFICOMP302C

Exercise compliance powers

add topic SFICOMP308C

Monitor fish catches for legal compliance

add topic SFICOMP310C

Operate off-road vehicles

add topic SFICOMP315A

Support the judicial process

add topic SFICOMP316A

Gather, collate and record information

add topic SFICOMP317A

Facilitate effective communication in the workplace

add topic SFICOMP318A

Perform administrative duties

add topic PSPETHC301B

Uphold the values and principles of public service

add topic PSPLEGN301B

Comply with legislation in the public sector

Group B: Other elective units


Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIOBSV301B

Monitor and record fishing operations

add topic SFIOBSV302B

Collect reliable scientific data and samples

add topic SFIOBSV303B

Collect routine fishery management data

add topic SFIOBSV304B

Analyse and report on board observations

Maritime operations

The units in this group can contribute towards a MAR20313 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal).

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 SFISHIP206C

Operate a small vessel

add topic SFISHIP207C

Operate and maintain outboard motors

add topic SFISHIP202C

Contribute to safe navigation


    Pathways into the qualification

    Entry into this qualification may be:

    after completing SFI20411 Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support

    after completing studies, either tertiary or vocational, in marine environmental management

    after gaining vessel skills

    by direct entry without prior skills.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    SFI40411 Certificate IV in Fisheries Compliance.

    This qualification is usually undertaken by fisheries officers as part of their career development, and the agency's workforce development plan.

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


SFI30411 Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance

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:


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

adapting communication techniques to identified audience

negotiating relevant solutions to issues or incidents

stating and substantiating own position clearly and effectively

producing accurate, completed, legible and understandable forms and reports

using active and accurate listening skills when taking statements

counting and measuring fish and fish catches.


sharing information with agency sanctioned fellow officers

Problem solving

resolving or reporting workplace issues

reviewing operational plan and outcomes

making recommendations for improvement.

Initiative and enterprise

applying principles of sustainability

identifying and reporting environmental hazards

identifying and reporting OHS hazards.

Planning and organising

analysing, sorting and collating information according to criteria

arranging court appearances

forwarding court documents within required timeframe

scheduling vehicle and outboard motor maintenance and services.


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 global positioning system (GPS).