Fishing licence

Who needs 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, an RFL is required when;

  • Taking, or attempting to take from public waters, any species of fish by any method, including line fishing, bait or shellfish collection, yabby fishing, prawning and spearfishing and/or
  • Using or possessing recreational fishing equipment in, on or next to Victorian waters.

Unless you are exempt, it is your responsibility to hold a current RFL when fishing in Victoria - penalties apply for fishing without a licence. Your RFL may not be loaned or transferred to another person.

Who is exempt?

victorian fishing licencesYou 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.

How do I obtain a licence?

You can purchase an RFL for the following periods;

  • 3-day licence for $10;
  • 28-day licence for $20.60;
  • 1-year licence for $36.20 ($34.10 if purchased online);
  • 3-year licence for $98.20 ($93.00 if purchased online).

The RFL is GST exempt. New fees come into effect from 1 July every year.

You can purchase your RFL online using the VFA website (discounted fee) or by attending and purchasing from an authorised agent (standard fee).

A plastic RFL card will be provided free of charge for all 1 & 3-year licences purchased online. A PDF copy of your RFL will be provided via email for all purchases made online (including 1 & 3-year). These PDF's can be stored electronically on your mobile device or printed.

You can pre-purchase your RFL to start up to 3 months from the actual date of purchase.

Fisheries Officers will accept the following forms of proof of licence;

  • Plastic recreational fishing licence card;
  • Electronic or printed PDF emailed licence;
  • Hand-written licence issued by an authorised agent.

Buy your licence online

To purchase your RFL online you will need a printer to provide proof of purchase or a mobile device to store it electronically.

If you purchase a 1 or 3-year RFL, please allow up to 10 business days for your plastic RFL card to be received via post.

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Purchase from an authorised agent

The RFL is also available from many recreational fishing licence outlets throughout Victoria, please note standard fees apply.

An RFL purchased through an authorised agent will not receive a plastic RFL card.

An RFL purchased through an authorised agent will be provided with a hand-written paper licence only.

Click here to find a licence outlet near you.

Lost your licence?

You can request a copy of your RFL by emailing us at rec.licensing@vfa.vic.gov.au

If your RFL was purchased online you will be issued with an electronic PDF RFL via email within 2 business days of the request. If your RFL was purchased through an authorised agent, you will receive a duplicate copy of the RFL either as a PDF RFL via email or a hand written licence in the mail depending on the method of sale. The VFA will post this replacement licence within 5 working days of a request. 

Please note: We do not provide replacement plastic licence cards.

Fisheries Officers will accept the following forms of proof of licence;

  • Plastic recreational fishing licence card;
  • Electronic or printed PDF emailed licence;
  • Hand-written licence issued by a standard authorised agent.

Changed address or need to update your details?

You can advise us of a change of postal or email address or update other RFL details by emailing us at rec.licensing@vfa.vic.gov.au

In most instances a replacement RFL will not need to be issued.

Know your limits

Before going fishing remember to familiarise yourself with latest edition of the Recreational Fishing Guide. This guide has details of size and catch limits and other regulations.

The Recreational Fishing Guide can be found on this website or available on both the Apple app store and Google Play.

 available on google play

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 or territories 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.

Victorian Fisheries Authority privacy statement

The VFA 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 VFA 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 we 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 Team at rec.licensing@vfa.vic.gov.au.