This annual report provides an overview of the Department and its operations for the financial year ending 30 June 2014. The Department was still responsible for the implementation of some measures as part of the Government's.
Fish bytes – key information and statistics about fisheries management in Western Australia
Percentage of commercial fisheries managed sustainably and public perception
Sources of income
Expenditure on services
Commercial fisheries management (including pearling and aquaculture)
Volume and value of WA commercial fisheries production
Commercial fisheries: total contacts and
Recreational fisheries management
Recreational fisheries: total contacts and enforcement and education statistics
Staffing levels compared with number and rate of Lost Time Injury Incidents ('LTI')
How we operate
He has more than 25 years of experience in the public sector, including periods in the National Audit Office and the Ministry of Finance. He has more than 25 years' experience in the public sector, including periods with the Solicitor's Office, the Department of Justice and the Northern Territory Police Service.
Internal Audit Committee
Legislation we administer
Fisheries under Western Australia State jurisdiction
Fisheries under joint Commonwealth-State jurisdiction
Fisheries under Commonwealth jurisdiction
Our organisational structure
Aquatic Management Division
Regional Services Division
Fisheries Research Division
Our Finfish Fisheries branch undertakes research to assess and monitor the State's diverse finfish resources. Some of the species being monitored include Western Australian dovefish, pink snapper and nudibranch, which are indicator species for the health of west coast demersal shellfish.
Corporate Services Division
The Human Services Branch has also invested significantly in learning and development for the Department, as well as performance, conduct and behavior management during the reporting year. Based on the "Resistance to Misbehavior Framework" of the Commission on Corruption and Crime, the Department has implemented policies, promoted awareness.
From crisis to abundance
Another important part of the research has been carried out in the optimization of the economic yield of the fishery. As a result of the new quota system, fishermen have greater security and can get better prices for their catch for less effort and expense.
Recreational licence fees granting recreational fishing wishes
Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund
Association to develop a map of current accessible locations for fishermen with disabilities and build capacity to allow greater participation in recreational fishing by people with disabilities. The WA Fish Foundation project aims to increase the community value of the recreational shrimp fishery.
Aquatic biosecurity protecting our waters from pests and diseases
Eradicating eel tailed catfish in Myaree
Over the next year, the response team drained the lake and removed suffocating aquatic weeds before the eradication campaign was carried out during the driest time of the year. A week prior to the eradication attempt, groups of volunteers worked with us to remove all catchable turtles at their request for temporary relocation during the eradication.
Monitoring the Swan River for Asian paddle crabs
Visual surveys by divers were also conducted in the target area, but no more Asian paddle crabs were observed. The department coordinated an extensive crab monitoring program after harmful Asian crabs were discovered in the Swan River.
This is also the foundation for all of our fisheries compliance activities across the state. The Watermans Bay Marine Center is being renovated as part of a collaborative project with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CSIRO and the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute.
Performance management framework
Changes to outcome-based management structure
Changes to service descriptions
New Key Performance Indicators
What has changed?
Outcome-based management structure
Contribution to other Government goals
Performance evaluation and reporting
The results of this work are published annually in our Status Reports of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Western Australia (the Status Report). We use it, in consultation with stakeholders, to review fisheries' past management results and, together with current scientific observations, inform decisions about the priorities for fisheries and environmental management, research, compliance and education in the year under review and future years.
In collaboration with the Western Australian Museum, we have introduced additional safeguards for maritime archaeological sites associated with the historic Batavia wreck. We launched our integrated catch and effort reporting services, including real-time online catch reporting for the lobster industry, an application system for.
Stock status and catch ranges for major commercial fisheries Key
Stock status and catch ranges for major commercial fisheries
2013 N/A Total catch is above the upper limit across the fishery due to an increase in catch in Zone A. 85 (line) 2013 Yes Catch was below the target catch range due to reduced effort in the fishery in 2013.
Stock status and catch ranges for major recreational fisheries
2011/12 Yes East Bay and Denham Sound breeding stocks are well above target abundance.
Financial targets: Actual performance compared to budget targets
- Total cost of services
- Net cost of services
- Total equity
- Net decrease in cash held
- Approved full-time equivalent (FTE)
The net increase in liquid holdings can be attributed to the increased operating surplus for the financial year, capital injection (cash) from the government and underspending in the ministry's asset investment programme. The deviation in man-years is primarily due to conversion of approx. 22 long-term temporary workers from The department also increased its staff by an additional 8 FTEs, primarily in the research department to meet the demand for externally funded projects.
Summary of results against key performance indicator (KPI) targets
Management measures are being taken in the west coast abalone fishery (related to marine heat waves), and for some. The satisfaction rating of the wider community and stakeholders on their perception of the extent to which the Department of Fisheries is. Fisheries management - Average cost per hour for management (excluding subsidies and fisheries adjustments) ($ per hour).
The main reason for the change in Research and Assessment service costs between 2012/13 and Current 2013/14 was due to increased research expenditure for fisheries assessment under the Third Party Certification (MSC) process and additional research costs for marine biosecurity in 2013/14.
Currents and undercurrents –
Issues affecting the Department’s operating environment
Meeting the challenges of a fast-developing region
Achieving global sustainability benchmarks
Managing costs efficiently
Responding to environmental fluctuations
Building effective research partnerships
Adapting to a changing economy
Developing new fish production sources
Shark hazard mitigation strategy
Disclosures and legal compliance
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT To the Parliament of Western Australia
Report on the Financial Statements
During the first six months of the financial year, the Department of Fisheries inappropriately used limited funds for. Report on key performance indicators I have audited the key performance indicators of the Department of Fisheries for the year ended 30 June 2014. In my opinion, apart from the potential effects of the matter described in the Basis for Qualified Opinion paragraph, the key performance indicators of of the Department of Fisheries are relevant and appropriate to assist users in assessing the performance of the Department and fairly represent the performance shown for the year ended 30 June 2014.
This auditor's report relates to the financial statements and key performance indicators of the Department of Fisheries for the year ended 30 June 2014 included in the Department.
Certification of the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2014
At the end of the period there were no intangible assets that were not yet available for use. Credit risk arises when there is a possibility that the department's receivables will default on their contractual obligations, resulting in financial losses for the department. There were no significant concentrations of credit risk at the end of the reporting period.
The department's maximum exposure to credit risk at the end of the reporting period is the carrying amount of financial assets as shown below.
In the interest rate exposure section, only the book values of individual items are analyzed. a) The claim amount excludes VAT recoverable from the ATO (statutory claim). The purpose of the account is to hold funds under section 239 FRMA 1994 which may be used by the Minister for all or any of the. 447 Balance at end of period 417 The purpose of this account is to hold funds under section 5 of the Fisheries Adjustment Scheme Act 1987 to be used by the Minister for the purposes prescribed by section 6 of that Act.
94 Balance at end of period 81 The purpose of this account is to hold fish farm bond deposits submitted by licensees as security and guarantee for the proper and prompt compliance with the licensees' Fish Farm License Conditions.
Key performance indicators
Certification of performance indicators for the year ended 30 June 2014
Government’s desired outcome
Contribution to Government goal
Enforcement and Education
Research and Assessment
Performance Management Framework
Outcome Based Management Framework
- The proportion of fish stocks identified as being at risk or vulnerable through exploitation
- The proportion of commercial fisheries where acceptable catches (or effort levels) are achieved
- The proportion of recreational fisheries where catches or effort levels are acceptable
- The volume of State commercial fisheries (including aquaculture) production
Annual assessments of the managed fisheries stock are carried out by the research department of the Ministry. For the 38 fisheries reviewed, the 'Stock status and catch range for major commercial fisheries' in the results section of the annual report states that parent stock estimates. The Department of Research's Research Division has set catch or effort targets for each of the major commercial fisheries (see the 'Stock status and catch ranges for major commercial fisheries' section of the Annual Report).
A target catch or target area is beginning to be determined for each of the major recreational fisheries (see the section 'Stock status and catch areas for major recreational fisheries' in the annual report) by the department's research department.
The participation rate in recreational fishing
The number of people in Western Australia who participated in recreational fishing at least once in the previous 12-month period was approximately 691,000, based on a participation rate of 29.4 per cent. The department's 2013/14 budget papers state that the recreational fishing participation target in Western Australia is 32 per cent. The number of days fished by recreational anglers in the past 12-month period ranged from one to 106 days.
The West Coast region (excluding the Perth metropolitan area) as the next most popular area for recreational fishing in the state with 24.8 percent of effort, followed by the South Coast marine region (19.9%), the Pilbara / Kimberley marine region ( 7.5 %), Gascoyne region (5.5%), Southern Interior freshwater regions (3.9%) and Pilbara/Kimberley freshwater regions (0.88%).
Satisfaction rating of the broader community and stakeholders as to their perceptions of the extent
The Perth metropolitan area from Yanchep to Mandurah was the most popular area for recreational fishing in the state, with 37.5 percent of the total effort occurring in this region (Figure 6).
The overall satisfaction level is the average of the satisfaction ratings in these four areas of management. The Ministry's budget documents for 2013/14 state that the target overall satisfaction rating for the wider community is 80 percent. Based on the survey data, the department received an overall satisfaction rate of 85.1 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval of the Western Australian community in these four.
As in previous years, the stakeholder satisfaction rate was significantly lower than the broader community satisfaction rate;
Key efficiency indicators
Enforcement and Education
Research and Assessment
Explanation of Significant Variances between 2013/14 Actual and 2012/13 Actual
Capital works program
Capital works program 2013/14
Buildings and infrastructure
Pricing policy for services provided
Contracts with senior officers
Compliance with relevant written laws
Legislation affecting Department outcomes
Board and committee remuneration
Abrolhos Islands management advisory committee
Aquatic advisory committee
Integrated fisheries allocation advisory committee
South west trawl voluntary fisheries adjustment scheme committee of management
Other legal requirements
Advertising and sponsorship
Expenditure of advertising for the 2013/14 financial year
Disability access and inclusion plan
Our capital works program addresses disabled access to Ministry buildings and facilities. Fifth result: Disabled people have the same opportunities as other people to complain to us. Sixth outcome: Disabled people have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation.
Outcome seven: People with disabilities have the same access to our employment opportunities as other people.
Compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes
In 2013/14, Knowledge Management Branch visited 13 regional offices to provide on-site training, audits of record keeping and review of record keeping practices. Record keeping in the Department will further improve in the next financial year with new scanning policies and procedures, clear records management strategies, the continuation of the. Record keeping responsibilities, practices and training are outlined in the quarterly staff inductions as a half-hour presentation by records keeping staff.
This promotes a consistent departmental approach to record keeping that meets both business and regulatory requirements.
Public interest disclosures
So far, this has indicated an overall satisfaction with this training of 84 percent, with 80 percent of employees who provided feedback being able to apply what they learned in their work immediately, and 88 percent recommending it to other employees.
Government policy requirements
Occupational safety, health and injury management
Statistics on the injury management processes are collected and reported quarterly to our corporate executive and senior managers. Following an evaluation of the Worksafe plan in 2009, a desktop audit of our OSH management system was performed in 2009. The audit led to the development of an OSH improvement plan to drive continuous improvement of the safety management system.
Occupational safety and health injury management performance against key indicators
State Register of authorisations, exemptions and aquaculture leases
Interim managed fishery licences (105 issued)
Managed fishery licences (1,274 issued)
Other licences (4,413 issued)
Transactions on the register 747