Recreational Fishing Licences

Recreational Fishing Licences

The Victorian Government requires anglers hold a current license*.

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.

Revenue from fishing licence fees is being spent to improve angling opportunities and fish habitats in Victoria.

Recreational Fisheries Officers are helping to ensure recreational fishers comply with recreational fishing regulations. While these officers are on patrol they can also assist you with information to make your fishing a more enjoyable experience.

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.

How do I obtain a licence?

From 1 July 2016, Victorian anglers can buy a:

Melbourne 3 day licence for $10 (previously a 2-day licence)
Melbourne 28 day licence for $20
Melbourne 1 year licence for $35 ($33 if purchased online)
Melbourne 3 year licence for $95 ($90 if purchased online).

*Who is exempt?

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

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

or a holder of a:

Melbourne Victorian Seniors Card or interstate equivalent;
Melbourne Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Card;
Melbourne Veterans' Affairs Repatriation Health Card coded (TPI)
Melbourne Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card coded either (DSP), (DSP Blind), (AGE), (AGE Blind) or (CAR)
Melbourne 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.

Licence outlets

Fishing tackle shops Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) offices and other Recreational Fishing Licence outlets.

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