Terrace Boating Do I Need A Fishing Licence In NSW Australia

Do you need a fishing license in NSW?

It may be winter, but it’s still a great time to get out on the water and do some fishing. If fishing isn’t a sport you’ve embraced yet, but you’d like to get started, there’s a few things you’ll need to consider first. A fishing license is one of them.

When fishing in NSW waters, you are legally required to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry the accompanying receipt with you as proof of fee payment. This applies to both fresh and salt water areas, and to all the following activities:

  • Spear fishing
  • Hand lining
  • Hand gathering
  • Trapping
  • Bait collecting
  • Prawn netting
  • You’re in possession of fishing gear and located in, on or adjacent to a body of water

According to the Department of Primary Industries website, fishing licence fees are currently:

  • $7 for three days
  • $14 for one month
  • $35 for one year
  • $85 for three years

Licences can be purchased; online, credit card payment over the phone (1 300 369 365), from fishing fee agents or from most Kmart stores in NSW.

There are some exemptions to paying the recreational fishing license fee. They include:

  • If you are under the age of 18
  • If you are supervising a person under the age of 18 to take a fish using a single rod or to take prawns using a single dip or scoop net
  • Fishing in a private dam with a surface area of two hectares or less
  • If you are Aboriginal
  • Holding a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Holding a o Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed “Totally and Permanently Incapacitated”(TPI), or  “Extreme Disablement Adjustment” (EDA)
  • If you have a letter from the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs stating that you receive a disability pension of 70 per cent or higher, or an intermediate pension

It is important to note that Senior’s Cards, Health Care Cards and Repatriation Health Cards will not exempt you from paying the fishing fee.

Why are we required to pay for fishing licenses in NSW?

Because all money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is contributed to the Recreational Fishing Trusts. Money from these trusts is spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW. The trusts are legally regulated and overseen by committees comprised of recreational fishers from both salt and freshwater fishing. The license fee ensures our waterways stay beautiful and safe, and that we can all continue to enjoy the wonderful sport of fishing for generations to come.

For more information on fishing regulation in NSW, please see the Department of Primary Industries website.

For fishing accessories, and all your boating and water-sports needs, come see us at Terrace Boating, our friendly team will help you find the things you need to enjoy fishing this winter and beyond.