Commercial Tour Operator (CTO) Licences are available for terms from two months to five years. The fees are listed below and with the exception of the two month licence, expire on 31 March each year, regardless of when the licence is issued.
Millions of dollars are spent on managing parks, building infrastructure and visitor facilities and undertaking conservation programs to protect the state’s native plants, animals and habitats.
Income from Entry, Tour and Camping Fees paid by CTOs is used to support this valuable work.
1/4/2021 to 30/6/2021
1/7/2021 to 31/3/2022
2 month licence
1 year licence
3 year licence
5 year licence
*Please note three and five year licences are only issued if the tour operator holds the relevant tourism accreditation certification. Please see the Becoming a Tour Operator page for further details.
All licence fees are GST exempt.
Visitor use fees also apply to clients of commercial operators in parks and reserves. See the list of licence and visitor use fees for the current licence period. Please note that other fees and charges may apply to your commercial licence. For more information about specific fees and charges in other parks, please contact DEW Parks Licensing and Events on (08) 8204 9060.
COVID-19 impacts and Commercial Tour Operator fees
In recognition of the severe impacts experienced by tour operators because of COVID-19, the Department for Environment and Water is holding off on the usual licence and visitor use fee increases that occur on 1 April each year.
This year’s fee increases have been deferred to 1 July 2021. This means that if you renew your licence before the end of June you will qualify to pay the 2020 licence fee. Similarly, for tours taken between 1 April and 30 June 2021, the 2020 visitor use fees for park entry and camping will apply.
Note that visitor use fees from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020 and CTO licence fees from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 were waived.
For a complete listing of licence and visitor use fees click here.