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Getting a Recreational Fishing License in Victoria: Complete Guide

As a beginner, you have a lot of to learn about fishing and getting a licence is among the first things you need to practise angling without any problems. The Victorian Fisheries Authority issues the Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) that is valid for all forms of leisure angling activities.

Here is a complete guide outlining everything you need to know about getting a RFL. So, if you want to apply for it, have a look.

Who Needs A Recreational Fishing License?

When you are angling and taking or attempting to take fish from public water bodies, you need a license. It is necessary for prawning, spearfishing, shellfish collection etc.

Furthermore, a RFL is required for using or possessing recreational fishing tools in or around water bodies in the state of Victoria.

A person who isn’t exempt has to have a valid RFL when fishing or face penalty otherwise. It is also essential to note that the license cannot be loaned or transferred to another person.

Who Doesn’t Need A RFL?

Anyone who is under the age of 18 or over the age of 70 doesn’t need a Recreational Fishing License. People with the following cards are exempted.

  • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
  • Victorian Seniors Card or interstate equivalent
  • Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Card
  • Veterans’ Affairs Repatriation Health Card

In addition, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are exempted.

How To Get A Recreational Fishing Licence?

There are four categories of Recreational Fishing Licences and you can buy them online via the Service Victoria website or from an authorised sales agent. Here is a break-up of the licences given by the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

  • 3 days and its full price is $10.00 and its online price is the same
  • 28 days and its full price is $21.20 and its online price is the same but from July 1, 2021 until 2022 it is $21.50
  • 1 year and its full price is $37.20 and its online price is $34.95 but from July 1, 2021 until 2022 the full price is $37.70 and online price is $35.50
  • 3 Year and its full price is $100.70 and its online price is $95.40 but from July 1, 2021 until 2022 the full price is $102.20 and online price is $96.80

Endnote

If you are serious about fishing as a hobby or a competitive sport, get a licence as soon as possible. For guidance, refer to the information shared above and purchase your Recreational Fishing License issued by the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

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