Australian Fishing Trade Association

We aim to protecting fishing’s future and encourage participation in recreational fishing

Protect your industry! Protect your future!

We work with the industry, for the industry, and for the future of recreational fishing for all Australians.

Our members are wholesalers, retailers, and media who earn a living from the recreational fishing industry. After investing a large amount of time and resources working with State and Federal Governments, AFTA is now recognised as a major stakeholder and strong voice when it comes to recreational fishing issues and policies, but each and every member we have makes OUR VOICE LOUDER.

AFTA strongly advocates for policies that increase participation in the recreational fishing industry. Being a member of AFTA, the peak body representing Australia’s recreational fishing industry helps ensure that your industry and, therefore, your business and future generations have a future.

AFTA fights for your industry, which means fighting for your livelihood, but we can’t do it alone, so renew now or join us today. The membership fee is relative to the size of your business. Costs start at $100 per annum for a retailer and $200 per annum for a wholesaler. The AFTA Board has once again voted against an increase in membership fees and is holding the current rates for 2023.

Membership is a small cost to ensure your industry has a strong voice and to ensure YOU keep making money from the industry you love. The benefits offered in 2023 should make the decision a simple one. 

AFTA Board

Australian wholesale, media and retail company memberships have several levels depending on your turnover in the fishing industry.
(all fees are GST inclusive)
Turnover Wholesale Media Retail
Up to $250K $200 $150 $100
$250 – $500K $370 $278 $185
$500K – $1 million $685 $513 $342
$1 million – $2 million $1,266 $950 $633
$2 million – $4 million $2,343
$4 million and over Please contact us

 Don’t forget AFTA trade show entry is included with your AFTA membership! 

Ready to join, simply, click below to fill in the form, ensuring you answer the few quick questions. We’ll process your application as quickly as possible and then you’ll then receive a link for you to log back in and pay via credit card.

| NEW FOR 2023 |

ALL AFTA MEMBERS are AUTOMATICALLY COVERED under AFTA’s Corporate Travel Insurance Policy.

This policy offers real value for our members. The policy covers plenty but includes;

  • All business trips by directors and employees
  • Accompanying spouses and dependents
  • Leisure travel added on to a business trip
  • Pure leisure travel for directors and their families
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Lost luggage
  • Cancellation due to illness
  • Hire Car excess (up to $5000)

Members can log into the Member Resources page to access more in-depth detail, including the Policy Schedule, Policy Wording (PDS) and Travellers Information Flyer.

Shopfitting Supplies

AFTA MEMBERS can purchase from Shop for Shops at the best pricing.

Check out their website

Use the same email and password you use for your AFTA membership to receive Gold Level pricing.

Membership Benefits 2023

  • Wholesale Members receive discounted exhibitor rates for the annual AFTA Tackle Show
  • Free entry for Retail and Media Members to the annual AFTA Tackle Show
  • Member networking opportunities
  • Heavily subsidised ticket price to the Gala Dinner & Awards Night
  • Additional exposure in the annual AFTR magazine
  • Political Liaison and Advocacy with both State and Federal Governments
  • Comprehensive member Travel Insurance Policy
  • Ultimate Fishing Expo Feb 2023, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, zero dollar floor space cost
  • $750 Attendance incentive for independent retailers at this year’s AFTA Tackle Show*
  • Shopfitting Partners, Shop for Shops (up to 55% discount)
  • Insurance Partners, Network Marine Insurance
  • Accommodation Partner, Dorsett Gold Coast
  • Listing in AFTA’s fully searchable online Members Directory
  • Member Resources Page on the AFTA website
  • ABS Import Data
  • Let’s Fish Australia social media campaign resources
  • Advertisement of positions vacant on the AFTA website and Facebook page
  • Closed Member Only Facebook Group ensuring you don’t miss any posts
  • Window Sticker
  • Membership Certificate

AFTA is committed to a strong future for recreational fishing and the fishing industry, each and every member matters!

Further information on how you can take advantage of these benefits can be found on the Member Resources page, if you need more help, simply get in touch with Heatha on

*Eligibility criteria applies

Thank you for joining us at AFTA. With your help, we can make a difference and ensure a strong future for recreational fishing in Australia.

AFTA is looking beyond the political world now, and initiatives like Let’s Fish Australia will help promote our industry to a new generation of fishers.

Michael Starkey

AFTA President

Terms & Conditions

Retailer Attendance Incentive

How does it work for retailers?

• Register to attend to AFTA Tackle Show

• Visit the registration desk to collect your name badge and $750 Voucher (1 per member store)

• Visit any of the participating exhibitors and place an order to claim your voucher

• Voucher must be spent at the show and is only valid on the TRADE DAYS


The fine print

• This offer is only available to independently owned retail stores that are financial members of AFTA and have accounts with the majority of participating exhibitors.

• Wholesalers may have their own rules for how the voucher can be claimed with their product.

• All amounts are exclusive of GST