Policy adopted November 2004
Policy last updated March 2021
Scope and application
This policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) except for lands reserved under Part 4A of the Act (unless the Board of Management for those lands has adopted the policy). However, NPWS staff can use the policy as guidance in their dealings with Boards of Management.
CASA refers to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia. CASA was established as an independent statutory authority by the Commonwealth Civil Aviation Act 1988. CASA's main function is to deliver aviation safety to the Australian public.
Federation means the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (formerly the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia), and any other organisation/club insured by the Federation. The Federation is a sporting body constituted to administer the sport of hang gliding and paragliding under regulations laid down by CASA.
Federation Club means any organisation that is financially covered by insurance by the Federation.
Hang glider means a foot-launchable glider or paraglider having an empty weight of no more than 70 kilograms. Hang gliders are separated into 3 classes:
- class 1 is a conventional hang glider
- class 2 is similar to class 1 but has some structural differences (Classes 1 and 2 are distinguished for the purposes of competition)
- a paraglider is considered to be a class 3 hang glider.
Hang gliding site means a site used for the purpose of hang gliding or paragliding, including the launch site and set-up area.
Management trail means management roads that are vested in and maintained by NPWS but not available for use by the public.
NPW Act means the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
NPW Regulation means the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019.
NPWS means the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Park road means roads reserved or dedicated as part of a park that are open to the public and are maintained by NPWS.
Park, for the purposes of this policy, means any area reserved under the NPW Act.
Plan of management means a plan of management under Part 5 of the NPW Act for a park or reserve.
Public road means roads that are excluded from the reservation area and controlled or vested in an authority other than NPWS.
REF means a review of environmental factors, NPWS's established methodology for undertaking an assessment under part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Site Management Plan means a plan for the management of an individual hang gliding site that has been developed by NPWS and the relevant Federation Club.