New Shark Net Rules

Shark Control Apparatus Exclusion Zones

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has been notified that there are changes to the Fisheries Act 1994 passed by State Parliament this year and became in force on 28 May 2019.

The new laws are now in force that formally establishes an exclusion zone for waters within 20 metres of any shark control apparatus. Under the new laws it is now an offence for a person to be in the Shark Control apparatus exclusion zone. The penalty for this offence is an on-the-spot fine of 4 penalty units (currently $522) or a maximum fine of 200 penalty units (currently $26,110). The offence does not apply on a boat the transits directly through the exclusion zone without stopping. These new laws apply for shark drum lines and shark nets.

SLSQ would like to advise that if these laws are broken in any way it will be the responsibility of the individuals to pay any fines and penalties. Please ensure that all members are notified of these new laws and the penalties.

If you would like more information about the shark control program apparatus and locations it is available at the Department of Fisheries website at:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these laws please contact your relevant Branch Director of Lifesaving, SLSQ Lifesaving Regional Staff, or myself at or 3846 8052.

Eliza Dreves