Our department offers a wide variety of services designed to assist, sustain and protect Victorian primary industries and our natural resources. Most services are provided free of charge while others may attract a nominal fee.
Our aim is to assist industry to respond to ongoing issues and trends by providing services that meet needs in a sustainable manner.
Our core services include:
- Emergency management including bushfire recovery information and drought services
- Strategy and Policy development assisting and transforming industry
- Information services on topics such as marine species, weeds, geoscientific maps and surveys, climate, pests and diseases, smart meters.
- Awards and sponsorships such as the DPI Science Awards and the Rural Women’s award
- Legislation and regulation ensuring our natural resources are well managed and protected
- Science and research including diagnostic and other fee-for-service, commercial contract services, and commercialisation of research as well as production of information notes
- Sustainable practice change encouraging the uptake of new ideas and practice.
Below is a list of services we provide, subscribe to a newsletter, find industry specific information and forms. Each division also has information about their specific services.
Victorian Government Library Service, Information Centre, Earth resources Core Library, GeoVic, Miner's Rights, Earth Resources Online Store, 3D Visualisation Facility, Recreational fishing licence, Guide to Inland Angling Waters, Fish-e-Fax newsletter, Energy consumption calculator and agricultural grants.
Fees for our services
You can purchase permits, leases, license fees, NLIS tags, diagnostic analysis, collection services, verification, certification, approvals, registrations, examinations, inspections, supervisions and much more via the links below.
- Agricultural fees
- Biosecurity fees
- Biosciences Research fees
- Energy and Earth Resources fees
- Fisheries fees
To protect the sustainability of Victoria's primary and energy industries regulations have been put in place to maintain our natural resources in the interest of all Victorians.
In the fisheries sector enforcement officers are on patrol to ensure regulations are met. They are empowered to issue warnings and impose appropriate penalties or fees. Serious offenders may be charged and arrested.
People using Victorian waters or land must abide by the rules and regulations laid down by Victorian statutory authorities. Breaking the rules and regulations can incur a penalty and possible jail sentence. For example, over fishing of our waters can cause fish numbers to decline whereas sustainable fishing, taking only what is allowed under regulations that consider such issues, can lead to more fish for more people in the longer term. Fees for over fishing range from $117 to $23,364.
Income from penalties is used to support community based activities and services such as fish cleaning tables, family fishing days, and so forth.