On 30 January 2018, the Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2008 will expire. The regulations allow the government to recover some of the costs of providing services to Victoria’s commercial fishers and to set the licence price for recreational fishers. To continue this arrangement, new regulations must be made before 30 January 2018.

With the Victorian Fisheries Authority, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), has developed proposed new regulations – the Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2017 – and an associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), which explains the reasons for, and the impact of, the proposed new Regulations.

Regulations should be well targeted, effective and appropriate, and should not impose undue burden on Victorian businesses or the broader community. To assist in meeting these criteria, the Minister for Agriculture has released the proposed new Regulations and the RIS for public comment. The proposed Regulations and RIS were informed by a review of the current Regulations undertaken by the former Fisheries Victoria.

How to make a submission

Public consultation on the proposed Regulations and RIS is open from 4 September to 3 October 2017. Feedback will inform the final Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2017.

Submissions can be made online, by email, or via post. Submissions close 5pm Tuesday, 3 October 2017.

You can make a submission by:

Fisheries FRL Regulations RIS
c/-Domestic Animals, Fisheries, Forestry and Game Policy
Level 26, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
GPO Box 2392 Melbourne 3001

If you are emailing or posting a submission, you may want to use the feedback form below.

Make an online submission

To make an online submission, you can use the form below to assist you through the key areas of the proposed Regulations. Alternatively, you can just add free text and/or upload your submission in a Word or PDF file at the bottom of the form and hit the 'Submit' button.

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Questions on recreational fishing licence prices and formats

3. Recreational Fishing Licence prices

Current recreational fishing licence (RFL) prices are - 3 day licence $10; 28 day licence $20.30; 1 year licence $35.70 ($33.60 online); 3 year licence $96.70 ($91.60 online). On the understanding that all RFL sales revenue is paid into the RFL Trust Account, and used to fund programs and initiatives that improve recreational fishing, do you think keeping the licence prices at their current level is fair and reasonable? If not, please provide a reason.

4. Do you support continuation of the discount for online purchases of 1 and 3 year licences? If not please provide reasons.

Questions on commercial fisheries services levies and transaction costs

5. Do you support keeping the fisheries services levies at their current levels? If not, please provide reasons.
6. Do you support the proposed changes to the transaction fees? If not, please provide reasons.
8. Is the current small operator concession appropriately targeted? If not, how could it be improved?

Questions on the abalone royalty

10. Do you support retaining the current formula for calculating the royalty? If not, what approach do you support?

Other comments

11. Are there other options or impacts related to the proposed fees, royalties and levies Regulations not discussed in the RIS that should be considered? If so, what?

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