Certificate IV in Fisheries Compliance

This qualification specifies the competencies relevant to experienced fisheries compliance officers. The qualification includes skill sets for fraud investigation, surveillance and observer operations.

Job roles

An individual operating at this level may be responsible for:

overseeing a small regional fisheries compliance office

skippering a patrol vessel

leading patrols

monitoring fishers and processors for compliance with fisheries management regulations

exercising powers of compliance

attending court and presenting evidence.

Job titles include:

fisheries officer

fisheries compliance officer.


Packaging Rules

A total of twenty (20) units of competency must be achieved.

three (3) core units plus

ten (10) fisheries compliance specialist elective units (Group A) plus

seven (7) 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 four (4) units can be imported, however, at least two (2) of those units must be aligned to Certificate IV or Diploma 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 SFICORE106B

Meet workplace OHS requirements

add topic SFIEMS301B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units of competency

Group A: Fisheries compliance specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFICOMP308C

Monitor fish catches for legal compliance

add topic SFICOMP310C

Operate off-road vehicles

add topic SFICOMP317A

Facilitate effective communication in the workplace

add topic SFICOMP401C

Administer the district office

add topic SFICOMP407C

Undertake prosecution procedures for magistrate's court

add topic SFICOMP409A

Plan and undertake patrol operations

add topic SFICOMP410A

Promote fisheries management awareness programs

add topic SFICOMP411A

Implement aquaculture compliance

add topic SFICOMP412A

Operate in remote areas*

add topic SFICOMP310C Operate off-road vehicles

add topic SFICOMP413A

Maintain operational safety

add topic SFICOMP414A

Manage own professional performance

add topic SFICOMP415A

Board vessel at sea

add topic BSBFLM312C

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic PSPETHC401A

Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

add topic PSPREG401C

Exercise regulatory powers

add topic PSPREG404C

Investigate non-compliance

add topic PSPREG407B

Produce formal record of interview

add topic PSPREG409B

Prepare a brief of evidence

add topic PSPREG410B

Give evidence

add topic PSPREG411A

Gather information through interviews

add topic PSPREG412A

Gather and manage evidence

add topic PSPREG418A

Advise on progress of investigations

Group B: Other elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

add topic TAEASS301B

Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

Fraud control

Unit code

Unit title

add topic PSPFRAU401B

Monitor data for indicators of fraud

add topic PSPREG415A

Receive and validate data


Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFICOMP402C

Plan the surveillance operation

add topic SFICOMP403C

Operate and maintain surveillance equipment

add topic SFICOMP404C

Operate an observation post

add topic SFICOMP405C

Perform post-surveillance duties*

add topic SFICOMP404C Operation an observation post

add topic SFICOMP406C

Perform mobile surveillance

Observer operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIOBSV301B

Monitor and record fishing operations

add topic SFIOBSV302B

Collect reliable scientific data and samples

add topic SFIOBSV304B

Analyse and report on-board observations

Industry leadership Focus A - Sector representation

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFILEAD401B

Develop and promote knowledge of the industry sector

add topic SFILEAD402B

Negotiate effectively for the sector

add topic SFILEAD403B

Demonstrate commitment and professionalism


    Pathways into the qualification

    Entry into this qualification may be:

    by direct entry without prior skills

    after completing a SFI30411 Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance

    after working in other compliance roles such as in policing and marine and other transport

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

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    SFI50411 Diploma of Fisheries Compliance.

    The Diploma 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


SFI40411 Certificate IV 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:


adapting a style to match the audience and the situation

applying tactical communication techniques

communicating ideas and information in a form well matched to, and well received by, staff at all levels

counting and measuring fish and/or fishing devices

listening carefully and asking questions to clarify meaning and communicate understanding

preparing briefs and writing reports

presenting information in a clear, concise and persuasive manner

reading and interpreting legislation and regulations

recording information.


actively participating in team meetings through sharing ideas

building credible relationships with customers

building trust in relationships through maintaining confidentiality and following through

participating in goal and objective setting

providing encouragement, support and advice to personnel

respectfully interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and responding positively to their comments and suggestions

supporting team members to achieve their goals by sharing workloads.

Problem solving

adapting to situational change

identifying need for alternative surveillance techniques.

Initiative and enterprise

contributing to continuous improvement of operational procedures

generating a range of options in response to situational change

identifying opportunities for completing tasks more efficiently and cost effectively.

Planning and organising

using a range of planning tools to implement work plans.


balancing operational and self-development needs

carrying their fair share of the workload

managing personal work priorities

modelling professional and ethical behaviour

practising self-assessment and reflection on practice

prioritising job/tasks

seeking formal and informal feedback on performance.


acquiring knowledge and skills associated with new developments and trends in fishery policing

maintaining currency of professional operational competencies

maintaining knowledge and understanding of legislation and policy.


retrieving and storing digital information, including audio and video

using business software applications and systems for reporting and managing information and communication

using database search tools to gather information

using operational information technology, such as VMS, GPS and other navigational tools.