Aquaculture Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to undertake any of the following aquaculture activities:

  • use or create a habitat (whether artificial, natural or both) to hatch, rear, breed, display or grow specified species for sale or other commercial purposes
  • hatch, rear, breed, display or grow specified species for sale or other commercial purposes
  • use and / or possess specified or general commercial aquaculture equipment
  • stock fish into protect waters
  • engage another person to undertake one of these activities.

Conditions of an aquaculture licence may vary depending on the type activity being conducted or the species being farmed. These include:

  • All species of aquatic vertebrates excluding mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians
  • Sharks, ray, lampreys and other cartilaginous fish
  • Aquatic molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms.

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 licence you must:

  • be an Australian resident
  • be an individual, a single corporation or co-operative (partnerships or consortium not eligible to apply)
  • make an application in the required form to the Agency for consideration if you are a fit and proper person to hold the licence
  • pay any prescribed fees.

Please contact the responsible agency for more information as each aquatic specifies has different guidelines for eligibility.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you comply with any conditions or obligations imposed by the Agency, and in particular you must:

  • maintain a book of account for any priority species, keep it for three years, and make it available for inspection by an authorised officer
  • notify the Agency of the outbreak of any notifiable disease in the aquaculture crop
  • complete an aquaculture crop production return form biannually and return it to the Agency.




31 October each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $290.10

Fees for 2018-19.

Apply Transfer All $217.60

Fees for 2018-19.

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1995 VIC

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 2009 VIC

Lodgement process


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

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Fisheries Division

Contact details

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

Licensing Unit

Fisheries Division

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Mailing address: General Post Office Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria
Phone: 03 8392 6860
Fax: 03 9658 4333
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