Applications open for NSW Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund

Applications open for NSW Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund

7 February 2018 

Applications are open for funding under the State Government's NSW Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund.

The Fund, announced in last year's State Budget, provides grants and loans for projects relating to Aboriginal fishing in New South Wales.

Applications for the 2017-18 funding round close on 21 March, 2018.

Aboriginal people, organisations and businesses are eligible for projects that enhance, maintain and protect Aboriginal cultural fishing, or promote economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities associated with fisheries.

Examples of projects that could be funded include:

  • Cultural fishing workshops
  • Maintaining and protecting cultural fishing access
  • Signage covering local cultural fishing connection
  • Stocking of culturally-significant fish species
  • Fish habitat/invasive species management
  • Business administration and technical training
  • Broader capacity-building
  • Commercial fishing operations
  • Aquaculture ventures
  • Charter fishing, cultural tourism or the post-harvest sector investment
  • Research into cultural harvest or impacts on cultural fishing

Further information can be accessed through the NSW Department of Primary Industry at or by contacting 02 4424 7421 and asking for the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund management team.