You need a fishing licence for recreational fishing in Victorian waters.

This takes about 3 mins
Before you start
You don't need a fishing licence if you're
  • under 18 years or over 70 years
  • a person identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • a Victorian or interstate equivalent Seniors Card holder
  • a Veterans' Affairs Pensioner or TPI-coded Repatriation Health Card holder
  • a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card holder, coded either DSP, DSP Blind, AGE, AGE Blind or CAR.

Payment options

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How we protect your privacy and others'

There are four fishing licences available

A plastic licence is provided when purchasing a 1- or 3- year licence.

Licence type Cost
 3-day licence $10
28-day licence $21.20
1-year licence $34.95 ($2.25 saving when bought online)
3-year licence $95.40 ($5.30 saving when bought online)
What does the licence cover?

A Victorian recreational fishing licence covers all forms of recreational fishing in Victorian waters. This includes lakes, rivers and marine waters.

Can I use this licence interstate?

No. This licence is only valid for fishing in Victorian waters.

Can I buy a licence for a future date?

Yes. You can buy a licence for up to 3 months ahead.

Why do I have to pay for a licence?

The money collected from Victorian recreational fishing licences is spent on programs and initiatives to improve fishing in Victoria including:

  • Better infrastructure, such as jetties and boating facilities
  • Improved access to waterways
  • New fishing reefs
  • Improved fish production and stocking
  • Ongoing school education and children's fishing programs.
What happens if I don’t buy a licence?

Officers from Victorian Fisheries Authority do licence checks regularly. If you’re found without a current licence, the officer can issue you with an infringement notice. In extreme cases, you can be taken to court.

Offences and penalties related to recreational fishing are outlined in the Fisheries Act 1995.

Can I buy my licence in person, instead of online?

Yes, you can buy paper licences in person at a recreational fishing outlets.

However, if you want a 1- or 3-year plastic licence, you must buy it online. Your licence will be emailed to you immediately if you buy it online.

Will I get a physical licence sent to me?

A physical plastic licence is only sent to people who buy a licence valid for 1 or 3 years online.

Everyone is emailed a copy of their licence. This can be printed or stored on your mobile phone, in case you’re asked to show your licence to a Victorian Fisheries Authority authorised officer. 

What should I do if I lose my physical or electronic licence?

If you lose your licence, fill out our feedback form  and we’ll re-send your licence by email. Allow up to 7 days for a new plastic licence to be sent in the mail.

Can I lend or transfer ownership of my licence to someone else?

No, but you can buy someone else a licence at the same time you buy yours.

What kinds of species can be fished and how many fish can I take?

Most species can be fished and size and catch limits apply. Check the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide to see what can’t be taken from Victorian waters or download the Recreational Fishing App.

How we protect your privacy and others'

We're Service Victoria. We:

  • let you access and change your info if you have a Service Victoria account
  • don't share your info except to get your fishing licence, or when we must by law
  • need the info we're asking for because Section 51 of the Fisheries Act 1995 (External link) says so
  • can't get your fishing licence without this info (there are penalties for fishing without a licence)
  • don't store your info if you apply as a guest

If you check out without creating an account and need to change personal info related to your fishing licence, contact the Victorian Fisheries Authority (External link) .

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Victoria State Government Department of Premier and Cabinet logo

In partnership with

Victorian Fisheries Authority