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Licences at Booderee

Booderee National Park is a Commonwealth reserve established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) to manage the environment of the region for the benefit of all people, present and future. The Director of National Parks uses a licence system to help regulate all commercial tourism activities.

Individuals and other commercial entities (e.g. companies and associations) wishing to conduct commercial activities in the park, including commercial tours, need to have a licence issued by the Director. The Director may issue a licence only if:

  • the activity is consistent with:
    • the purpose for which the park is declared
    • any lease of indigenous people’s land in the park
  • the activity is not likely to:
    • endanger public safety
    • unduly damage the park
    • unduly interfere with the preservation or conservation of biodiversity or heritage in the park
    • unduly interfere with the protection of other features or facilities in the park
    • interfere with the privacy of a cultural event held in the reserve by the traditional owners of Aboriginal land in the park
    • interfere with the continuing cultural use of the park by the traditional owners of Aboriginal land in the park
    • interfere with the privacy of other persons in the park
  • the activity benefits the public or persons using the park

In making a decision about whether to issue a licence, the Director may take into account whether a person to whom the licence is to be issued has, in the last 10 years, been convicted of or is subjected to proceedings for an environmental offence under the EPBC Act.

When a licence is required

Licences are required for all commercial activities. They will generally be granted for a 1 year or 5 year period, and for longer terms where significant investment is required.

Tour operators will be required to hold accreditation through a Tourism Accreditation Australia Ltd (ATAP) recognised program to hold a 5 year licence. It is a licence condition to provide evidence of accreditation to the Tourism Services Officer every year.

It is important that tour operators and their staff understand and comply with licence conditions. Breaching licence conditions may lead to the licence being suspended or cancelled.

Application assessment

Applications are assessed competitively and a minimum overall score of 80% must be obtained to be eligible for a licence. Results from each round of applications are announced within four weeks of the selection panel convening. Successful applications will be awarded the right to hold a licence.


A non-refundable application fee of $200 will apply once your application is submitted. Licence fees will be determined according to the type of activity. Transferred licences will also incur a fee of $200.

Further information

For more information, please contact:

Tourism Services Officer
ph: 02 4442 1006
Email: booderee.permits@environment.gov.au
Website: http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/tourism-operators-3

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