Fees and charges

Under the Seafood Safety Act 2003, PrimeSafe has the function and power to fix and charge fees.

PrimeSafe follows the Department of Treasury and Finance’s guideline for setting fees and charges. PrimeSafe applies the same indexation of fees to those applicable to the remainder of the Government sector each year.

All new licence applications must include an application and annual fee.

The annual fee for a wildcatch licence is based on the annual throughput (landed catch) and species harvested. Annual fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis with the exception of the lowest throughput categories of each licence category.

From 1 July 2018, harvesting and handling of live abalone and live rock lobster is exempt from PrimeSafe licensing.

Where a business harvests various species, the higher order of species as defined below determines the licence category.

  1. Crustaceans (excluding rock lobster)
  2. General - All species except abalone, crustaceans and noxious fish
  3. Noxious fish permit

Once a licence category has been defined, all seafood harvested (except live abalone and rock lobster) is used to measure the throughput in establishing the annual fee. 

Throughput does not apply to Commonwealth Fisheries licence holders.

The current fee schedules for a wildcatch licence are below. All PrimeSafe fees are GST exempt therefore a tax invoice will not be provided following receipt of payment. 

Annual Throughput Application Fee ($)

Annual Fee ($)

Victorian Wildcatch Crustaceans (excluding Rock Lobster)

Landed catch less than 1 tonne 156 311
Landed catch 1 to 5 tonnes 277 554
Landed catch 5 to 10 tonnes 322 643
Landed catch over 10 tonnes 466 931

Victorian Wildcatch General

Landed catch less than 10 tonnes 156 311
Landed catch 10 to 50 tonnes 277 554
Landed catch over 50 tonnes 466 931

Victorian Wildcatch Noxious Fish Permit

Landed catch less than 50 tonnes 156 311
Landed catch over 50 tonnes 235 469

Commonwealth Wildcatch

Throughput not applicable 466 931

Fee Calculator

To determine the total fee payable for a wildcatch licence, please answer the following questions.

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