Do I need a licence?

A Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) covers all forms of recreational fishing in all of Victoria’s marine, estuarine and freshwaters. 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.

Who is exempt?

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

  • under 18 years of age
  • 70 years of age or older
  • a holder of a Victorian Seniors Card or interstate equivalent
  • a holder of a Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Card
  • a holder of a Veteran’s Affairs Repatriation Health Card (Coded TPI), or
  • a holder of a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card (Coded either DWP, DSP Blind, AGE, AGE Blind or CAR)

What happens if I don’t have a fishing licence?

Fishing Officers will be on patrol to ensure fishers hold a valid licence. Penalties apply for fishing without a licence.

Where can I buy them?

Sorry, we don’t sell licences. We suggest you wait till after 5pm the day before your trip to purchase a licence, incase of weather changes.

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How much is a licence?

A licence costs as little as around $6.

The RFL may be purchased to come into effect on a future date for up to one year from the date of purchase. An RFL may not be loaned or transferred to another person.