We want to work with commercial operators who share our values, run professional operations and deliver enjoyable experiences. We know that commercial operators who are fully invested in our parks will help us protect these valuable places for future generations to enjoy. If this sounds like you, please follow the below steps in the application process.
Step 1 – Pre-application meeting
To discuss your application, including details of activities and locations and what support you might need to start your business, contact us by:
Identify whether your application relates to land jointly managed or the detailed interpretation of Aboriginal cultural heritage. If it does, the approval process has extra steps.
You can also visit the Destination NSW website for a broad range of information and resources available to tourism operators.
Step 2 – Online assessment
Complete the online assessment covering safety, conservation, important conditions, how to use the licence and handbook, fees, and our values.
Step 3 – Public liability insurance
Obtain a public liability insurance (PLI) policy for a minimum value of A$10 million.
The Department of Planning and Environment must be named as an interested party using the following exact text:
'The Minister administering the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 on behalf of the State of NSW ABN 20 770 707 468’.
Step 4 – Business plan
Prepare a business plan in the template. All applicants must ensure their business plan is presented in the:
Step 5 – Online application
Complete the licence application form. You will need to upload:
- public liability insurance
- your business plan
- letter of support to conduct Aboriginal heritage and cultural interpretation (if applicable)
- accreditation (if applicable).
How long will it take?
Parks Eco Pass licences generally take about 2 weeks to finalise after you’ve submitted the required documents. Applications that relate to jointly managed parks may take longer.
Please note that you cannot operate in a national park until you have your Parks Eco Pass licence.