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 $153.30

Fees for 2021-22

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Commercial Fishing Enquiries

Victorian Fisheries Authority

Phone: 03 8392 6860
Website: Victorian Fisheries Authority (Opens in new window)

Supporting information