You need a fishing licence for recreational fishing in Victorian waters.
What you can do
- buy a fishing licence if you’re between 18 to 70 years
- get a free fisher card if you’re under 18 years or 70 years and over.
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.
How we use your info
We’ll pass on your info to the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) to get your fishing licence or fisher card. We won’t use your info for any other purpose unless permitted by law. You can contact us or VFA if you want to access your personal info. Learn more about how we use your info.
There are 4 fishing licences available
If you buy a 3- or 28-day licence, you can save it to your Service Victoria account and access it from the app.
If you buy a 1- or 3-year licence, you can choose a digital licence or plastic card.
|1-year licence||$38.40 ($2.30 saving when bought online)|
|3-year licence||$103.95 ($5.50 saving when bought online)|
There are 2 fisher cards available
The fisher cards are plastic cards. There is no digital card.
|Junior fisher card (under 18 years)||Free|
|Senior fisher card (70 years and over)||Free|
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 .
Can I buy my licence in person, instead of online?
Yes. You can still buy recreational fishing licenses at any authorised .
However, if you want a digital licence, you must buy it online. You'll be able to access your digital licence immediately if you buy it online.
Will I get a physical licence sent to me?
If you purchase a 1- or 3-year licence and select the plastic card option, the Victorian Fisheries Authority will send you a physical card.
All licences can be digital if you have a Service Victoria account.
If you don’t have a Service Victoria account, or don’t want to create one, we’ll email your 3- and 28-day licences.
What should I do if I lose my physical or electronic licence?
Please contact the Victorian Fisheries Authority or fill out our feedback .
Plastic cards aren't reissued, but we’ll send you an email with your licence details and help you access your digital licence if you have a Service Victoria account.
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 to see what can’t be taken from Victorian waters or download the Recreational Fishing .
Can anyone apply for a fisher card?
If you’re under 18 years, you can apply for the junior fisher card. If you’re 70 years and over, you can apply for the senior fisher card. If you’re between 18 to 70 years, you’ll need to buy a fishing licence for recreational fishing in Victorian waters.
Can I get a digital fisher card?
No. The fisher cards are plastic only.
Do I need to get a junior fisher card for my child?
Both the junior and senior fisher cards are optional. You don’t have to get one to go fishing.
How we use your info
We collect personal info the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) needs to issue fishing licences and fisher cards. The Fisheries Regulations 2019 permits VFA to issue fishing licences.
You can’t apply for a fishing licence or fisher card without giving this info.
We’ll share this info:
- with VFA
- where permitted by law
If you have a fishing licence or fisher card and want to access your info, contact us or VFA.
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