Apply for a recreational fishing licence

A recreational fishing licence is required for recreational fishing from a boat, netting, freshwater angling, and fishing for rock lobster, abalone, or marron.

Funds raised through recreational fishing licences help us to manage the State’s fish resources effectively. Recreational fishing licences are also used to inform us of who is fishing for what and from where. All the money generated from recreational fishing licences is reinvested in initiatives that directly benefit recreational fishing in Western Australia.

When buying or renewing a recreational fishing licence, you can:

  • apply online
  • download an application form
  • collect a form from one of our offices

Payment can be made through the online application process or at one of our offices.

Licence applications and renewals can also be made by post. Send your completed form and cheque made payable to the Department of Fisheries to Locked Bag 39 Cloisters Square PERTH WA 6850.

Existing licence holders will automatically receive a renewal form by post.

You are not entitled to fish until you receive a receipt for your licence from the Department of Fisheries. The granting of a recreational fishing licence is at the discretion of the Department of Fisheries Director General. Your licence (a plastic card) will be forwarded to you within 14 days of receipt of your fee payment.

Make sure you apply for a licence well in advance of when you will actually need it.

Page reviewed 3 August 2018