Marine Mammal Watching Tour Permits - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to operate a vessel or aircraft for the purpose of whale or other marine mammal watching or sightseeing trips. This tour involves the transportation of passengers to a location for the purpose of observation.

Permits for vessels and aircraft are available. Exclusion zones and distance restrictions between vessels and marine animals apply.

If you intend to conduct tours in a National Park or other areas managed by Parks Victoria, then you'll also need a Licensed Tour Operator Permit.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • submit an application form
  • be of good character
  • comply with Adventure Activity Standards
  • demonstrate environmental awareness and safety
  • hold a Certificate of Survey from the Marine Board of Victoria for boats carrying passengers
  • hold a current Public Liability Insurance policy to a minimum value of $10 million with an insurer approved by Parks Victoria
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Ongoing requirements

Permit holders must maintain a current public liability insurance policy with an insurer approved by Parks Victoria. Monthly return forms containing tour activities must be submitted.

You will need to ensure compliance with the operating conditions outlined in the regulations.

Duration

For a period of 1 to 3 years.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$292.70

Whale watching tour (vessel). Fees for 2016-17.

Application$348.50

Whale watching tour (aircraft). Fees for 2016-17.

Application$292.70Seal tour. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$878.20Whale watching tour (vessel). 3 year permit. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$1,045.50Whale watching tour (aircraft). 3 year permit. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$878.20Seal tour. 3 year permit. Fees for 2016-17.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Act(s) name

Wildlife Act 1975 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

Customer Service Officer
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Phone:

13 61 86

Supporting information

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