Access Fishery Licences - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to perform particular activities relating to fishing. An access licence may allow you to:

  • take specified fish or fishing bait for sale
  • receive fish
  • possess and use specified commercial fishing or commercial abalone equipment
  • possess commercial fishing or commercial abalone equipment generally
  • do other fishery activities on a commercial basis using boats and other resources in particular places.

There are many classes of commercial access fishery licences, including:

  • abalone
  • bait
  • eel
  • giant crab
  • ocean
  • rock lobster
  • scallop
  • sea urchin
  • trawl
  • lakes.

Restrictions apply on the number of commercial access fishery licences issued in specified classes and not all licences are transferable. Heavy penalties apply for non-compliance with licence conditions and the agency may vary, revoke or suspend any licence.

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 one of these licences you must:

  • be an Australian resident
  • be an individual, a single corporation or a co-operative (partnerships or consortiums are not eligible to apply)
  • make an application in the required form
  • be a fit and proper person
  • pay any required fees (including any royalties and levies where applicable).


1 to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $324.36

Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $243.27

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1995 Victoria

Lodgement process


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

Administering agency

Victorian Fisheries Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

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