General Fisheries Permits - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to undertake any of the following activities

  • take or possess fish for research, education, fish management, aquaculture, compliance or scientific purposes
  • take or possess fish from a developing fishery
  • take or possess fish for a specified indigenous cultural ceremony or event
  • take or possess fish less/more than the minimum / maximum size
  • take or possess fish more than the catch limit for that species
  • carry out any research, exploitation, work or operation for the purpose of developing any fishery or aquaculture
  • investigate any species of fish or any fishery or fishery device
  • use specified abalone equipment and / or commercial fishing or aquaculture equipment
  • use, form or create a habitat to hatch, rear, display or grow fish or fishing bait and/or breed or sell fish or fishing bait for commercial purposes
  • receive or sell any fish of a specified priority species
  • take, land, process, sell or possess fish that is so prohibited absolutely or during a specified period or season or in any waters or specified waters
  • carry out an activity in a fishery.

The Secretary may waive the fees if they are satisfied that special cases apply. There are also levies on general permits for the taking of fish from:

  • a banded morwong developing fishery
  • a jellyfish developing fishery
  • an urchin developing fishery.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • submit the required form
  • be a fit and proper person
  • provide all information and documentation required by the authority
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

A general permit is not renewable, but the Secretary may issue another general permit to a person whose general permit is about to expire or who has previously held a general permit.


Up to 3 years.



Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.



Please lodge your application form and any other associated documents directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Fisheries Division

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1995 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Unit
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Fisheries Division

Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 4509


03 8392 6860


03 9658 4333

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