Commercial Tour Operator Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to conduct commercial tour activities within a national park or reserve. Commercial tour activities are guided tours, instructional or educational courses and leisure activities that are conducted for fee or reward.

Commercial tour activities include:

  • bushwalking
  • camping
  • four-wheel driving
  • observing wildlife
  • fishing
  • rockclimbing and abseiling
  • coach and bus tours
  • boating activities
  • birdwatching.
  • bus and boat tours.

You will need separate authorisation of the relevant state if your tour also operates outside of South Australia.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • hold public liability insurance policy of at least $10 million
  • be an accredited passenger transport operator
  • have a trading / credit account with the agency
  • hold the relevant Tourism Accreditation Certificate (three and five year licences only).

You may need to meet other eligibility requirements if you are applying for a licence offered through a competitive allocation process.

You may apply for this licence as an individual, company or organisation.


Either 2 months, 1 year, 3 years or 5 years


31 March, except for 2 month licences.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Commercial Tour Operator Licence:

  • 2 months - $281.00
  • 1 year - $402.00
  • 3 years - $967.00
  • 5 years - $1531.00.

Fees for 2023-24


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department for Environment and Water

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.