Publications and resources

The following publications are available to provide information about fishing activities, education programs, legislation and current events.

Recreational Fishing Guide

The Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide is a handy resource that outlines all your rights and responsibilities to help you fish sustainably.


Subscribe to Fish-e-Facts, a free fortnightly newsletter for recreational fishers.

Fishery Status reports

Reports outlining the status of Victoria's fishery resources. Contains details on recent changes in management arrangements, research and compliance activities.

Fisheries status reports 

Survey of recreational fishing licence holders

In 2018, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) commissioned Australian Survey Research Group (ASR) to develop, conduct and analyse a survey of Victorian fishing licence holders regarding recreational fishing in Victoria.

This report presents the results of the survey conducted in March and April 2018. The survey focused on Victorian fishing licence holders living in Victoria.

Licence survey results report - October 2018
(WORD - 1.8 MB)

Licence survey results report - October 2018 (PDF - 1.4 MB)

Protocols for translocation

The Guidelines for the Translocation of Aquatic Organisms in Victoria deals with proposals for the deliberate movement of aquatic organisms into and within inland water bodies of Victoria

Fish Stocking reports

The annual Vic Fish Stock report documents the upcoming years native and salmonid stockings.

Management Plans

Management Plans are created in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1995. Their purpose is to specify policies and strategies for the management of a specific fishery.

Research reports

The department invests in Fisheries research to assist in continually improving management practices and techniques. Specific Research reports can be viewed.

Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group meeting summaries

Members of the Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group (RFGWG) are appointed by the Minister Responsible for Fisheries.

The role of the Working Group is to provide advice to the Minister on the expenditure of all Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Account funds.

The Working Group assesses and provides advice on applications for grants received under the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.

Minutes from the quarterly meetings can be accessed here.


All Fisheries Acts, regulations and notices are available from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary documents.

Victorian Fisheries Act 2016

Fisheries Act 1995

Fisheries Regulations 2009

Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2017

Commonwealth and Victorian agreement

The below documents are agreements signed by the Commonwealth and Victoria in 1997 with respect to the fisheries in waters relevant to Victoria:

Offshore Constitutional Settlement
Memorandum of Understanding