Protected Aquatic Biota Permits - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to:

  • take
  • injure
  • damage
  • destroy
  • possess
  • keep
  • display for reward
  • release into Victorian waters
  • sell Protected Aquatic Biota (PAB).

For the purposes of this permit PAB means any taxon or community of aquatic flora or fauna declared to be protected under the Act, and includes species of the family Syngnathidae (seahorses, sea dragons and pipefish) and the great white shark.

Typically an institution or public museum, a tertiary research student, an aquaculture business or dredging operation may require this permit.

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 considered for this permit you must make an application to the Secretary of the Agency, who must be satisfied that you meet the following specified eligibility criteria:

  • Be carrying out an activity on behalf of an institution (tertiary education, scientific, research) or public museum and the work is directly related to the work of that institution or museum;
  • Be a tertiary education student and the activity is directly related to research being carried out;
  • Be authorised to conduct an aquaculture activity that relates to the protected aquatic biota and the permit will facilitate that activity;
  • Be responsible for the preparation of an environment effects statement or a supplementary statement and the activity is necessary for or related to the preparation of that statement; or
  • Be authorised under coastal legislation to carry out a dredging operation that may affect the protected aquatic biota.

Permits can only be issued in accordance with the PAB Policy Statement. People wishing to apply for a PAB permit are advised to review the policy statement before submitting an application.

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


Up to 3 years.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Application for a Protected Aquatic Biota Permit - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Other resources

Comply PAB Permit Policy Statement Opens in a new browser window



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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