Buy Your Licence Online
To purchase your Victorian recreational fishing licence online you will need a printer to provide proof of purchase. Please make sure that you read the exemptions listed below and that you do not already hold a licence as the purchase of a licence is non-refundable.
Fishing tackle shops, DEPI Offices and other retailers sell Recreational Fishing Licences.
Do I Need a Licence?
A Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) covers, all forms of recreational fishing in all of Victoria's marine, estuarine and inland waters.
Unless you are exempt, a RFL is required when taking, or attempting to take, any species of fish by any method including line fishing, bait collection, gathering shellfish, yabby fishing, prawning and spear fishing.
Who is Exempt?
You will not need a licence to fish if you are:
- under 18 years of age;
- 70 years of age or over;.
or a holder of a:
- Victorian Seniors Card or interstate equivalent;
- Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Card;
- Veterans' Affairs Repatriation Health Card coded (TPI)
- Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card coded either (DSP), (DSP Blind), (AGE), (AGE Blind) or (CAR)
- Or a member of a traditional owner group fishing within an area subject to a natural resource agreement relevant to that traditional owner group.
Ordinary HealthCare Card, PPS (Parenting Payment Single) and Newstart benefit cards do not afford an exemption to requiring an RFL.
What Happens if I Don't Have a Licence?
Fisheries Officers will be on patrol to ensure fishers hold a valid licence. Penalties apply for fishing without a licence.
How do I Obtain a Licence?
Victorian anglers now have the option to buy a three-year Recreational Fishing Licence for $66. This presents a saving of $7.50 on the combined cost of purchasing three annual licences. Anglers can still buy the one-year RFL for $24.50, the 28-day RFL for $12, and the 2-day RFL for $6.
The easiest way to purchase an RFL is via the DEPI website. The RFL is also available from many DEPI offices, and selected retail businesses throughout Victoria, including most retail fishing tackle stores. An RFL may be purchased to come into effect on a future date, for up to one year from the actual date of its purchase.
It is your responsibility to hold a current RFL when fishing in Victoria. Your RFL may not be loaned or transferred to another person.
Your Licence Fees at Work
Every year the fees you pay for your Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) are allocated to projects that directly improve recreational fishing in Victoria.
A Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group including representatives of the recreational fishing sector determines priorities and makes recommendations to the Minister Responsible for Fisheries on how the money should be spent.
Your Licence Fees at Work brochure highlights a range of completed funded projects from around the state. More detailed information about projects funded year to year is also available.
DEPI will be considering project proposals on an ongoing basis.
Find out more about projects here or call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186
Know Your Limits
When going fishing remember to pick up the latest edition of the Recreational Fishing Guide from your RFL agent or DEPI office.
This guide has details of size and catch limits and other regulations.
The Recreational Fishing Guide can also be found on this website.
Guide to bays and inlets as defined in the Fisheries Regulations 2009
Maps showing the bays and inlets defined in the Fisheries Regulations 2009
A Victorian RFL is not valid in other states so check if you need a licence if you intend to fish interstate.
Lost your licence?
You can request a free replacement by calling the Fisheries licensing group on (03) 9658 4305.
Recreational fishing licence privacy statement
DEPI is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the requirements of the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Fisheries Act 1995. The personal information you submit, including your email address, will only be used by DEPI for the purpose of issuing and managing recreational fishing licences and will not be disclosed to a third party, except where such disclosure is required or authorised by or under law or in instances where DEPI may engage the services of research consultants under strict privacy conditions to use your contact details to advise you and/or seek your opinion on matters concerning recreational fishing, such as fishery management plans, legislation (including regulations) and recreational programs. Should you wish to access your personal information relating to your recreational fishing licence, please contact DEPIs Recreational Fishing Licensing Unit on 9658 4303.