Fishing licence

Buy your licence online

To purchase your Victorian recreational fishing licence online you will need a printer to provide proof of purchase or a mobile device to store it electronically. Please make sure that you read the exemptions listed below and that you do not already hold a licence as the purchase of a licence is non-refundable.

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How do I obtain a licence?

From 1 July 2017, Victorian anglers can buy a:

  • 3 day licence for $10 (previously a 2-day licence)
  • 28 day licence for $20.30
  • 1 year licence for $35.70 ($33.60 if purchased online)
  • 3 year licence for $96.70 ($91.60 if purchased online).

The easiest way to purchase an RFL is via the online form. The RFL is also available from many VFA offices and selected recreational fishing licence outlets  throughout Victoria, including most retail fishing tackle stores. An RFL may be purchased to come into effect on a future date, for up to one year from the actual date of its purchase.

It is your responsibility to hold a current RFL when fishing in Victoria. Your RFL may not be loaned or transferred to another person.

Plastic licences

ranger checking a licence Plastic card recreational fishing licences are available for 1 year and 3 year licences that are bought online. The card should arrive in the mail within seven days of purchase. Upon purchase online, you will be emailed an electronic PDF of the licence immediately, which you can store electronically on a smartphone or tablet.

28 day and 3 day licences are still available for online purchase, but will only be provided in electronic PDF format via email. You may print a hard copy or store electronically on a smartphone or tablet.

Please make sure you read the exemptions listed below and that you do not already hold a licence as the purchase of a licence is non-refundable.

Licence outlets

Fishing tackle shops Victorian Fisheries Authority and Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources offices and other Recreational Fishing Licence outlets.

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Do I need a licence?

A Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) covers, all forms of recreational fishing in all of Victoria's marine, estuarine and inland waters.

Unless you are exempt, a RFL is required when taking, or attempting to take, any species of fish by any method including line fishing, bait collection, gathering shellfish, yabby fishing, prawning and spear fishing.

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Who is exempt?

You will not need a licence to fish if you are:

  • under 18 years of age;
  • 70 years of age or over;.

or a holder of a:

  • Victorian Seniors Card or interstate equivalent;
  • Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Card;
  • Veterans' Affairs Repatriation Health Card coded (TPI)
  • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card coded either (DSP), (DSP Blind), (AGE), (AGE Blind) or (CAR)
  • Or a member of a traditional owner group fishing within an area subject to a natural resource agreement relevant to that traditional owner group.

Ordinary HealthCare Card, PPS (Parenting Payment Single) and Newstart benefit cards do not afford an exemption to requiring an RFL.

What happens if I don't have a licence?

Fisheries Officers will be on patrol to ensure fishers hold a valid licence. Penalties apply for fishing without a licence.

Future projects

VFA will be considering project proposals on an ongoing basis.

Find out more about projects here or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186

Know your limits

When going fishing remember to pick up the latest edition of the Recreational Fishing Guide from your RFL agent or VFA office.

This guide has details of size and catch limits and other regulations.

The Recreational Fishing Guide can also be found on this website.

Guide to bays and inlets as defined in the Fisheries Regulations 2009

Maps showing the bays and inlets defined in the Fisheries Regulations 2009.

Interstate fishing

A Victorian RFL is not valid in other states so check if you need a licence if you intend to fish interstate.

If you plan on doing any fishing across the NSW border, you may need to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee.

This link will take you to the relevant NSW recreational fishing page.

Lost your licence?

You can request a free replacement licence by emailing the Fisheries Licensing Unit at rec.licensing@vfa.vic.gov.au

Recreational fishing licence privacy statement

The Department is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the requirements of the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Fisheries Act 1995. The personal information you submit, including your email address, will only be used by the department for the purpose of issuing and managing recreational fishing licences and will not be disclosed to a third party, except where such disclosure is required or authorised by or under law or in instances where may engage the services of research consultants under strict privacy conditions to use your contact details to advise you and/or seek your opinion on matters concerning recreational fishing, such as fishery management plans, legislation (including regulations) and recreational programs. Should you wish to access your personal information relating to your recreational fishing licence, please email the Recreational Fishing Licensing Unit at rec.licensing@vfa.vic.gov.au.