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Licences at Kakadu

Kakadu 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 exclusive and restricted use commercial activities.

When a licence is needed

Commercial Image Capture Licence Agreements are better suited to larger or unique image capture projects within the park. Licensed projects are typically large, more complex projects with crews of 4 people or more for a period of over 5 days. Some advertising, promotion or product placement projects may also require a licence.

Licences are essential for projects that seek to access a variety of areas in the park, including areas not usually open to the public. Licenced projects also call for greater involvement of Kakadu staff, infrastructure and equipment, in addition to the services of traditional owners.


Licence applications will be assessed against a number of criteria which are used to ensure all projects align with Kakadu’s World Heritage values, Plan of Management and the wishes of the traditional owners.

Apply well in advance

The standard processing time for a licence application is up to 8 weeks.


A non-refundable application fee of $200 will apply once your application is submitted. The licence fee will be determined based on project requirements, such as staff supervision or “talent”, traditional owner involvement or exclusive site use.

Image capture guidelines

View the image capture guidelines for information on the requirements for conducting commercial image capture and sound recording in Kakadu National Park.


Phone: 08 8938 1140
Email: kakadu.permits@environment.gov.au

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