General Fisheries Permits - Victoria


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.

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.


Up to three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $155.96

Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Information Sheet - DOC (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1995 Victoria

Application process


Permits are not renewable. Upon expiry of a permit, it is the permit holder????????s responsibility to apply for a new permit.

Approval time

Please allow for up to six weeks for your application to be approved.

Additional information

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.

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.

Supporting information