Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Advisory Committee

The VFA is now seeking nominations from keen recreational fishers to join this advisory committee that provides advice to government on how best to spend fishing licence fees. Nominations will close on 21 November 2021. For more information, or to obtain an Expression of Interest form, contact Andrew Telburn at the Reddin Group on 0412 342 073 or via email

Members of the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Advisory Committee (formerly known as Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group) are appointed by the Minister Responsible for Fisheries.

The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the Minister on the expenditure of all Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Account funds.

The Advisory Committee assesses and provides advice on applications for grants received under the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.

The membership of the Advisory Committee comprises eight people (plus an independent Chairperson) who collectively can provide a range of knowledge, experience and views from across the State covering:

  • Coastal, estuarine, freshwater native fish and salmonid recreational fisheries; and
  • Port Phillip Bay, South West, North East, North West, East Gippsland and West Gippsland regions.

It contains one person nominated by VRFish to provide advice that reflects the views of organisations affiliated with VRFish and the VRFish Board; and

One person involved in the recreational fishing industry to provide advice that reflects the views of recreational fishers as identified by persons involved in the Victorian recreational fishing business sector.

The establishment of this Advisory Committee delivers on the Victorian Government's commitments to improve opportunities for anglers to have a say in how their fishing licence fees are spent.

For more information about the Advisory Committee and its role, contact Richard Rogala on (03) 8392 6872 during normal business hours.

Chair's summary of meetings