Forms - Licences and Boats

How to lodge your documents

You can lodge your applications by either:

Email Commercial Licensing:

Sending it by post to:

Licensing & Quota Services
Victorian Fisheries Authority
GPO Box 4509
Melbourne VIC  3001

Telephone enquiries can be made to the:

Commercial Fisheries Licensing Officer on (03) 8392 6860

All applications must be accompanied by the relevant fee and any attachments requested in the checklists on the relevant application form. It is recommended that a photocopy of your completed forms and any attachments be taken for your records.

Application Fees

The application fees listed in the fee schedule are non-refundable.

Additional fees and/or levies will be payable prior to the issue of a commercial fishery licence if the application is approved.

Licence fees and levies are charged at a pro-rata rate depending upon what stage of the licensing year the application is approved. The commercial licensing year commences on 1 April each year and ends on 31 March of the following year.

No additional fees or levies apply to boat registrations or permits.

The fees can be paid by cheque, money order or via electronic funds transfer.

Cheques and money orders

Must be made payable to 'Victorian Fisheries Authority' (refer to above for address).

Credit Card

To pay via credit card please contact commercial licensing on 8392 6860.

Electronic funds transfer (EFT)

Must be paid directly into the VFA account:

Westpac BSB: 033 222
Account Number: 016041

Confirmation of payment by EFT must be made by email to: stating the payment date, amount and licence details.

Persons wishing to pay by EFT must advise their bank of the licence number for inclusion as the 'customer reference'.

Important notes:

The information you provide on the accompanying application form is the basis upon which your application will be assessed.  Incomplete applications will delay the application assessment process.

If you need more space to answer any questions, attach extra pages and clearly reference your answers to the relevant section.

New commercial fishery licence operators

As part of the application process, new operators will be required to undergo an interview with a fisheries officer to assess their knowledge of the provisions of the Fisheries Act 1995 and Fisheries Regulations 2019 relevant to the fishery for which the application is sought.

Fee Schedule

The fees listed below are valid from 1 July 2023.

Licence typeFee ($AUD)

Licence applications (fishery access)


Licence applications (aquaculture – private land)


Licence applications (aquaculture – crown land)


Abalone licence transfer


Access licence transfer


Aquaculture licence transfer


General permit applications or variations


Fish receiver (abalone)


Boat registrations & transfers


Pot transfers


Licence variation


Operator change


Boat replacements


Quota transfer


Quota unit transfer (abalone)


Quota unit nomination (abalone)


Group recreational fishing licence



Telephone enquiries can be made to the Commercial Fisheries Licensing Officer on (03) 8392 6860.

Office hours 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (closed on public holidays).

Mailing address: Commercial Licensing , PO Box 4509, Melbourne 3001.

Commercial Licensing:

Recreational Licensing:

Licence holders must ensure that documents required to be sent to the Secretary and returned or cancelled fisheries documents are sent to the address above, as specified in the Fisheries Regulations 2019.

Privacy statement

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting information about you and has enacted the Information Privacy Act 2000 to provide a statutory framework to guide government departments in their personal information handling.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority values and protects the personal information it collects in the course of undertaking its responsibilities and continues to demonstrate a strong culture of protecting the confidentiality and privacy of clients and members of the community.

The information you supply in transactions that is collected by VFA is not traded, sold or licensed. Personal information provided by you will not be used/disclosed for any purpose other than the purpose of the transaction you have entered unless such a use or disclosure is required or authorised by the Information Privacy Act 2000, Fisheries Act 1995 or other legislation. If you wish to access information held about you, please contact VFA.