Certain activities, including research or any commercial activity, in Commonwealth parks and reserves require a permit under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act),
Activities are managed under Regulation 12.06(2) or 12.09(1) of the EPBC Regulations, and in accordance with subsection 354(1) of the EPBC Act.
Activities must be consistent with the management plan for the park or reserve in which the activity is to be conducted.
Non-Australian applicants: If you intend to carry out activities for commercial purposes while in Australia, it is a requirement under the Migration Act 1958 that you obtain an appropriate Temporary Residence Visa. These can be applied for from any Australian Embassy.
Public liability insurance : If you wish to carry out a commercial activity in a Commonwealth reserve, under a permit issued by the Director of National Parks, you must have public liability insurance for an amount of at least $20 million.
Select your permit under the park or reserve below.
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Christmas Island National Park
Kakadu National Park
- Kakadu National Park Doing business at Kakadu - Commercial tours
- Kakadu National Park Commercial film, photography and sound
- Kakadu National Park Research
- Kakadu National Park Camping
- Kakadu National Park Bushwalking
- Kakadu National Park - Access to Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)
- Kakadu National Park Miscellaneous commercial activities
Norfolk Island National Park
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
A permit may be issued for an activity in Commonwealth reserves only if:
- the activity is consistent with:
- the Management Plan (if there is a plan in force); and
- the purposes for which the reserve is declared (if there is no plan in force); and
- any lease of indigenous people's land in the reserve (if the reserve is jointly managed); and
- the activity is not likely to:
- endanger public safety; or
- unduly damage the reserve; or
- unduly interfere with the preservation or conservation of biodiversity or heritage in the reserve; or
- unduly interfere with the protection of other features or facilities in the reserve; or
- interfere with the privacy of a cultural event held in the reserve by the traditional owners of indigenous people's land in the reserve; or
- interfere with the continuing cultural use of the reserve (including residence in the reserve) by the traditional owners of indigenous people's land in the reserve; or
- interfere with the privacy of other persons in the reserve.