Qualification details

SFI40411 - Certificate IV in Fisheries Compliance (Release 2)


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Is superseded by and equivalent to SFI40319 - Certificate IV in Fisheries ComplianceUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Revised packaging rules to better reflect outcomes. Total number of units reduced by 8 units. Core units revised and increased by 3 units. 20/Jun/2019
Supersedes SFI40404 - Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Fisheries Compliance) 21/Jul/2011

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 29/Mar/2013
(View details for release 1) 22/Jul/2011

Units of competency

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PSPREG409B - Prepare a brief of evidencePrepare a brief of evidenceElective
PSPREG411A - Gather information through interviewsGather information through interviewsElective
SFILEAD402B - Negotiate effectively for the sectorNegotiate effectively for the sectorElective
PSPREG412A - Gather and manage evidenceGather and manage evidenceElective
PSPREG415A - Receive and validate dataReceive and validate dataElective
SFICOMP402C - Plan the surveillance operationPlan the surveillance operationElective
SFICOMP308C - Monitor fish catches for legal complianceMonitor fish catches for legal complianceElective
SFICOMP403C - Operate and maintain surveillance equipmentOperate and maintain surveillance equipmentElective
SFICOMP415A - Board vessel at seaBoard vessel at seaElective
SFICOMP317A - Facilitate effective communication in the workplaceFacilitate effective communication in the workplaceElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311311 Fisheries Officer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6194-79 Intermediate Inspectors And Examiners Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0507 Fisheries Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Fisheries Compliance 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Fisheries Compliance Officer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311311 Fisheries Officer 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6194-79 Intermediate Inspectors And Examiners Nec 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0507 Fisheries Studies 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 21/Jul/2011 
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Modification History


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Included prerequisites in Packaging Rules



Initial release


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.

Pathways Information

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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , legislative , regulatory or certification considerations 

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

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary


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.

Packaging Rules

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 


Apply basic food handling and safety practices


Meet workplace OHS requirements


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units of competency 

Group A : Fisheries compliance specialist units 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Monitor fish catches for legal compliance


Operate off-road vehicles


Facilitate effective communication in the workplace


Administer the district office


Undertake prosecution procedures for magistrate's court


Plan and undertake patrol operations


Promote fisheries management awareness programs


Implement aquaculture compliance


Operate in remote areas*

SFICOMP310C Operate off-road vehicles


Maintain operational safety


Manage own professional performance


Board vessel at sea


Contribute to team effectiveness


Uphold and support the values and principles of public service


Exercise regulatory powers


Investigate non-compliance


Produce formal record of interview


Prepare a brief of evidence


Give evidence


Gather information through interviews


Gather and manage evidence


Advise on progress of investigations

Group B : Other elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Identify risk and apply risk management processes


Contribute to assessment


Provide work skill instruction

Fraud control 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Monitor data for indicators of fraud


Receive and validate data


Unit code 

Unit title 


Plan the surveillance operation


Operate and maintain surveillance equipment


Operate an observation post


Perform post-surveillance duties*

SFICOMP404C Operation an observation post


Perform mobile surveillance

Observer operations 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Monitor and record fishing operations


Collect reliable scientific data and samples


Analyse and report on-board observations

Industry leadership Focus A  - Sector representation 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Develop and promote knowledge of the industry sector


Negotiate effectively for the sector


Demonstrate commitment and professionalism