Permits are required to undertake activities that would otherwise contravene the provisions of the Fisheries Act 1995 and supporting regulations.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) issue permits under s.49, s.72, s.81 of the Fisheries Act 1995.

Applications for permits are assessed on an individual basis after fully completed forms have been lodged with the VFA and the required application fee (if applicable) has been paid. This assessment my take up to 6 weeks, dependent on the level of complexity of the proposed activity.

You will need to submit a permit application form if you want to engage in activities that are not normally allowed under fisheries legislation. To be eligible, you will need to provide a good, evidence-based reason why this permit should be issued for the requested activity.

You will need to submit a written proposal with your application describing your intended activities including:

  • the purpose of the permit;
  • information about the species;
  • the number of specimens you wish to take;
  • the location of your activity;
  • the gear you intend to use.

Permits are only given where the VFA is satisfied that there is good reason for the proposed activity.

Permits may be issued for periods of up to 3 years.