In these conditions, unless the contrary intention appears:
Act means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Regulations, management plans and instruments made under it, and includes any Act which amends or replaces it.
agreement means the agreement at the end of these conditions.
authorised participants means all persons, other than the permittee or the permittee’s staff, who take part in the permitted activity.
capture for an image, means recorded or reproduced by artistic representation, or on film, videotape or electronic medium, and includes recorded sound.
Director means the Director of National Parks and includes any statutory successor to the Director and the Director’s delegates.
management plan means the management plan in operation from time to time for the park under the Act.
park means the named Commonwealth reserve(s) for which this permit is issued.
park staff means persons employed by the Director and performing duties in relation to the park.
permitted activity means the specified activity for which this permit is issued.
permittee means each person (individual, company or other legal entity) to whom this permit is issued and includes, where the context permits, the permittee’s staff.
permittee’s staff means the permittee’s employees, contractors and other agents who take part in the permitted activity.
public area means an area that is not behind or beyond a barrier or fence and to which entry is not prohibited or restricted by or under the Regulations. Public areas in the park are generally listed in the Park Visitors Guide.
ranger means a person appointed as a ranger under s392 of the Act.
Regulations means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 and includes any Regulations that amend or replace them.
warden means a person appointed as a warden under s392 of the Act
In these conditions, unless the contrary intention appears:
The singular includes the plural and vice versa.
If a word or phrase is defined, other grammatical forms of that word or phrase have corresponding meanings
Where one of the words ‘include’, ‘including’ or ‘includes’ is used, the words ‘without limitation’ are taken to immediately follow.
Where the word “must” imposes an obligation on a person to do or not do something, the obligation is taken to be that the person take all reasonable steps to do or not do the thing (i.e. steps that ought to be reasonable to a person who possesses the faculty of a reason and engages in conduct in accordance with community standards).
A reference to the permittee includes, where the context permits, the permittee’s staff involved in the permitted activity.
Note: The Director may vary or revoke these permit conditions, or impose new conditions, in accordance with r17.09 of the Regulations, and must do so where it is necessary to ensure that the matters or circumstances about which the Director is required to be satisfied when issuing the permit continue to apply.
General Permit Conditions (all activities)
- The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity before the commencement date or after the expiry date shown on the permit.
- The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity unless the permittee has signed and submitted the agreement with the park.
- This permit cannot be transferred to another person, except in accordance with regulation 17.11 of the Regulations.
Note: If the permittee sells the business to which the permit relates, the permittee may apply to transfer the permit to the purchaser, in accordance with r17.11 of the Regulations, or the purchaser may apply for a new permit.
- The permittee must comply with the EPBC Act, the EPBC Regulations, the management plan, these permit conditions, and any other signs, notices, information, guidelines, codes of conduct, protocols or directions issued by, or under the authority of, the Director relating to the park.
- The permittee must comply with all Commonwealth, State or Territory laws relating to the permitted activity.
- The permittee must hold all permits, licences and other authorities required by law for the conduct of the permitted activity.
- The permittee must maintain relevant training, qualifications and experience to competently conduct the permitted activity.
- The permittee must carry a copy of this permit and these conditions or keep a copy in the permittee’s transport (vehicle, vessel or aircraft) while conducting the permitted activity, and must produce it for inspection when requested by a ranger or warden.
- The permittee must not walk, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the permittee's clients do not, off track or use any road, track or area that is permanently, temporarily or seasonally closed or restricted by fences, gates or signs, unless specifically authorised by this or another permit.
- The permittee must not, and must take reasonable steps to ensure that the permittee’s clients do not:
- behave contrary to the Regulations or any warning or regulatory signs; or
- pick fruits, flowers or branches, or otherwise damage any native plants; or
- interfere with, feed, handle or disturb any native animal, or damage or disturb a nest or dwelling place of a native animal; or
- touch or interfere with any rock art, sacred site or cultural artefact; or
- impede public access to any part of the park.
Note: This permit does not give the permittee any rights to the exclusive use, enjoyment or occupancy of any area of the park unless specifically authorised by this permit.
- The permittee must notify the Director, in writing, within 7 days if:
- the permittee sells any business to which the permit relates to another person or group, or for any other reason ceases to conduct the permitted activity; or
- the permittee is a company and there is a change in the owner(s) of the majority of issued shares in the company.
- If the permittee is a company or other incorporated body the permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, have as a director or office holder a person who has been convicted1 of an offence2 against the Act or the Regulations within the previous 10 years.
- The permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, use directly in the conduct of the activity to which this permit relates (e.g. driver or tour guide) the services of any person who has within the previous 10 years been convicted of an offence against the Act or the Regulations prior to the grant of the permit.
Note: The Director may keep a register of persons who have been convicted of such an offence or who have been the subject of a request by the Director for a permittee to cease using their services within the park.
- If any of the permittee’s staff contravene these permit conditions the Director may
- notify the permittee of the contravention, and
- direct the permittee to cease using the services of that person within the park for a specified time, and the permittee must forthwith comply with that request.
Note: In this situation the Director will give written notice to that member of the permittee’s staff of the decision, stating that he or she may apply to the Director to reconsider the decision and that, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, he or she may subsequently apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the reconsideration
- The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s staff are fully informed of and understand these permit conditions before they commence taking part in the permitted activity.
- The permittee must ensure that the permittee's staff are appropriately trained and/or accredited for any activity they conduct in the park.
- The permittee must ensure that appropriate risk management systems, strategies and procedures are in place to minimise foreseeable risks to the permittee’s staff, the permittee’s clients, other members of the public and the environment and heritage values of the park, and must produce evidence of such systems, strategies and procedures as requested by the Director.
Note: Suitable templates for risk management systems are available from Parks Australia. They represent the minimum acceptable standard for a risk management system. Permittees are encouraged to develop more detailed risk management systems.
- The permittee is responsible for the safety, well being and behaviour of the permittee’s staff and clients, and must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no person is exposed to risks to their health or safety whilst in the park.
- If the permittee or any of the permittee’s staff or clients is killed, injured, becomes ill, goes missing or is involved in a dangerous incident while in the park, a member of park staff must be notified as soon as possible and the permittee and the permittee’s clients must comply with any requests or directions from a member of park staff in relation to the safety of that person or any other person.
Note: In this condition “dangerous incident” means an incident that exposes a person to a serious risk to their health or safety.
- The permittee must ensure that its supervision of the permittee’s clients is reasonable in the circumstances of the permittee’s clients’ differing levels of fitness, experience and abilities.
- The permittee will make good any damage to the park, to the extent that the damage was caused or contributed to by the conduct of the permitted activity or a breach of the permit conditions by the permittee.
Commercial Activity Conditions
- The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity unless the permittee holds a policy of public liability insurance sufficient to cover any liability the permittee may have to third parties or to the Director under the agreement, and in any case for an amount of not less than $20 million in respect of any single event, with an insurer that is licensed by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority or otherwise approved by the Director.
- The permittee must provide to the Director a certificate of currency for the policy of public liability insurance, evidencing that the policy covers all activities in the park of the permittee and the permittee’s staff, contractors and other agents:
- before the permittee commences to conduct the permitted activity; and
- on each occasion when the policy is renewed or when a new policy is taken out; and
- at any other time as requested by the Director.
- The permittee's staff must not include a contractor or agent unless:
- the activities of that person are covered by the insurance required under condition 23; or
- the person holds a permit to conduct commercial activities in the park that authorises them to provide services to the permittee in connection with the permitted activity, and holds a policy of public liability insurance that satisfies the requirements of condition 23.
Diving Tour Conditions
- The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s tour guides have knowledge of the safety information that appears in the park visitor guide, so they can be accurate in their answers to questions asked by the permittee’s clients.
- The permittee must, before a tour commences in the park, explain to the permittee’s clients, in both oral and/or written form in a language understood by the clients, the standard safety information that appears in the park visitor guide and all foreseeable hazards and conditions they may encounter during the permitted activity.
Note: Such hazards and conditions may include, but are not limited to: dangerous animals, plants and insects; heights; unstable and slippery rocks; extreme weather conditions; high winds; strong currents; turbulent seas and dehydration.
- The permittee must conduct the permitted activity in accordance with Australian Standard 2299.3:2003, Occupational diving operations - Recreational industry diving and snorkelling operations.
- The permittee must ensure at least one of the permittee’s staff, acting as dive supervisor, holds an appropriate and current SCUBA diving qualification. The qualification standard must be in accordance with Australian Standard 4005.2-2000, Training and certification of recreational divers – Recreational dive supervisor.
- The permittee must ensure that each of the permittee’s clients who SCUBA dives in the park holds, or is enrolled in a course of training leading to, a current SCUBA diving qualification. The qualification standard must be in accordance with AS 4005.1-2000, Training and certification of recreational divers – Minimum entry level SCUBA diving.
- The permittee must ensure that each of the permittee’s tour guides holds a current first aid qualification, the minimum standard for which is Advanced Resuscitation Certificate or equivalent.
- The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s transport (vehicle, vessel or aircraft) used in the conduct of the permitted activity contains a comprehensive diving first aid kit, including oxygen equipment capable of delivering near 100% oxygen to the diver’s lungs for the likely period between identification of a medical emergency and until medical back-up support could reasonably be expected to become available.
- The permittee must use the latest available meteorological information and closely monitor sea turbulence at all times.
- The permittee must ensure that each of the permittee’s staff and permittee’s clients is a competent swimmer.
- The permittee must ensure that any vessel used in the conduct of the permitted activity is registered, is suitable for the conduct of the permitted activity, and is operated and maintained in accordance with all relevant and applicable Commonwealth, State and Territory laws. The permittee must, if requested by the Director, provide copies of all relevant certificate sand other documents evidencing compliance with this condition.
- The permittee must not use a vessel with anti-fouling that contains tributyltin compounds.
- The permittee must, if required to do so by the Director, provide details of any vessel used in the permitted activity, including documentary evidence to show that any anti-fouling currently applied to the hull of the vessel contains no tributyltin compounds.
- The permittee must not discharge into the environment any fuels, fuel-tainted bilge water, chemical wastes from treatment or cleaning of the vessel(s) or any other substance that is likely to adversely affect the environment.
- The permittee must ensure that all refuse, waste materials, rubbish or litter is placed in approved containers designed to fully confine material, remove it from the park and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner.
- The permittee must not, and must ensure that the permittee’s staff and the permittee’s clients do not, kill, injure, take, feed, touch or interfere with a fish or other organism.
- The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the permittee’s clients do not damage, interfere with dispose or remove any part of a shipwreck.
- The permittee shall become familiar with and adhere to regulations 8.03 and 8.04 of the Regulations with respect to interacting with cetaceans when in the vicinity of cetaceans.
- The permittee will ensure compliance with instructions issued from time to time by the Director regulating boat speed on waters within the permitted areas of operations and any measures to be taken for the avoidance of environmental damage.
- The permittee must identify as being used by the permittee all vehicles and vessels used for the permitted activity by signwriting, magnetic stickers, or a signboard visible through the windscreen, and display a Parks Australia Permitted Tour Operator vehicle sticker on the driver’s side of the windscreen and the starboard side of the bow of vessels.
- For the purpose of evaluating compliance with these permit conditions, the permittee must, subject to availability of space and the provision of reasonable notice, allow a member of park staff, a traditional owner or an on-line tour guide training assessor to accompany a tour from time to time at no cost to the Director.
Booderee National Park Conditions
- The permittee must provide the permittee’s clients with accurate information in relation to the park and its values, Aboriginal culture and sites.
Note: The park’s Tour Operator Handbook is a source of accurate information.
- The permittee must comply with the Booderee National Park zoning plan and mooring policy while conducting the permitted activity.
- The permittee must not allow the permittee’s staff or the permittee’s clients to land on Bowen Island except to deal with an emergency involving a serious threat to human life or property.
- Passengers being transported ashore must be ferried in vessels less than 5.0 metres —beaching of large vessels for the purpose of landing passengers is prohibited.
- The permittee must submit to the Director copies of all the permittee's existing promotional material relating to the permitted activity (including pamphlets, brochures, and internet material such as web pages), and must amend that material if requested by the Director to ensure that it contains accurate and appropriate information in relation to the park.
Note: Permits are required to capture and use images for commercial gain. A photography permit authorises the use of images in promotional material submitted with the permit application and approved for use. You can obtain an application form at: www.environment.gov.au/resource/media-and-artists-3
- The permittee must keep the park’s permits officer updated within a reasonable time of any changes to the permittee’s staff, vehicles or vessels used for the permitted activity.
- The permittee must not allow the permittee’s clients to include a person aged 6 years or over unless the person is in possession of a valid park use ticket.
Note: Persons aboard vessels passing through the waters of Booderee National Park while conducting commercial tour activities without using the facilities of the reserve are exempt from paying the park use fee. The permittee and the permittee’s staff are exempt from paying the park use fee while conducting the permitted activity.
- The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s vehicles entering the park along Jervis Bay Road stop at the park entrance station and that each of the permittee’s clients aged 6 years or over either presents for inspection or purchases a valid park use ticket.
- The permittee must provide the Director with quarterly returns showing the number of permittee’s clients that the permittee has caused to be brought into the park under the permit. The returns must be in the form provided by the Director, and must be provided quarterly, referring to the previous 3 month period.
- The permittee must not camp at Green Patch, Bristol Point or Cave Beach camping areas unless the applicable camping fees have been paid prior to use.
- The permittee must not arrive at a camping area after 8:30pm, or make unreasonable noise or otherwise disturb other campers.
- In conducting the permitted activity the permittee must only use the sites authorised by this or another permit.
- The permittee must not enter Summercloud Bay or Wreck Bay, for commercial activities, unless authorised by this or another permit.
1. A person is taken to have been convicted of an offence if, within five years, the person has been charged with, and found guilty of, the offence but discharged without conviction or has not been found guilty of the offence, but a court has taken the offence into account in passing sentence on the person for another offence. Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 includes provisions that, in certain circumstances, relieve persons from the requirement to disclose spent convictions and require persons aware of such convictions to disregard them.↩
2. Such an offence includes, for an offence under such a law, section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 or sections 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code (which deal with being an accessory after the fact, attempting to commit offences, inciting to or urging the commission of offences by other people and conspiring to commit offences) or an equivalent provision of a law of a State or Territory.↩