Forms - Licences and Boats
How to lodge your documents
You can lodge your applications by either:
Sending it by post to:
Licensing & Quota Services
Victorian Fisheries Authority
GPO Box 2392
Melbourne VIC 3001
Faxing the application (followed by sending payment and original application in mail) to:
Fax (03) 9658 4333.
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.
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).
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: 180001
Confirmation of payment by EFT must be made by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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'.
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 2009 relevant to the fishery for which the application is sought.
The fees listed below are valid from 1 July 2021.
|Licence type||Fee ($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
Quota unit transfer (abalone)
Quota unit nomination (abalone)
Group recreational fishing licence
Commercial Fishing Licences
Group Recreational Fishing Licence
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.