Licensed commercial tour operators and recreational providers play an important role in helping people access, enjoy and learn about Victoria's public land, making them key contributors to State and regional tourism economies.

The majority of licensed commercial tours and activities occur in national and state parks and state forests that are managed by Parks Victoria under the Tour Operator Management System (TOMS).

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Commercial tourism and recreation activity occurring on land managed by delegated committees of management under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 (including councils) and Alpine Resort Management Boards will need Tour Operator Licenses granted by these bodies. We don't grant licences directly, you will need to contact the relevant land manager for Tour Operator Licences. If you are unsure who the land manager is, contact us on 136 186.

Who needs a tour operator licence?

Tour operator application forms

Discuss your planned activities with the land manager and the process involved in obtaining a licence. If you plan to conduct activities across multiple sites managed by different land managers, then you will need to obtain a licence from each.

Tour Operator Licence Application Form (PDF, 368.1 KB)
Tour Operator Licence Application Form (DOCX, 389.2 KB)

Tour Operator Trip Return Form (PDF, 15.5 KB)
Tour Operator Trip Return Form (DOC, 52.0 KB)

For more about adventure activity standards visit Outdoors Victoria

Competitive allocation of licences

The majority of tour operator and recreational activity provider licences for access to public lands in Victoria are issued on a non-exclusive, non-competitive basis. However, in some circumstances a public land manager needs to restrict the number of licences available at a particular site or for a specific activity, to protect natural or cultural values, and/or visitor safety. 

Competitive allocation of licences (PDF, 228.6 KB)
Competitive allocation of licences (DOC, 128.5 KB)

Crown Land Acts Amendment (Lease and Licence Terms) Act 2009

The Crown Land Acts Amendment (Lease and Licence Terms) Act 2009 became effective in Victoria on 1 July 2011.  

The Act amended the National Parks Act 1975, Forests Act 1958, Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, Land Act 1958 and Wildlife Act 1975, establishing a consistent legislative framework for licensing commercial tourism and commercial recreation activity on public land in Victoria.

Public lands include land and waters managed by or on behalf of the Crown.

The legislation states:

  • Public land managers may grant a tour operator licence for a period of up to 10 years
  • Public land managers must charge regulated statewide fees for a tour operator licence
  • Penalties apply for operating without a tour operator licence or for breaching conditions of a licence.