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.

This licence will allow you to conduct commercial tour activities such as:

  • bush walking
  • camping
  • four-wheel driving
  • rock climbing and abseiling
  • fishing
  • bird watching and wildlife observation
  • 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 of at least $10 million
  • be an accredited passenger transport operator
  • have a trading / credit account with the agency
  • hold the relevant Green Accreditation Certificate (three and five year licences only).

You may be required 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 two months, one year, three years or five years


All licences except a two-month licence expire on 31 March annually


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fees for 2022-23:

  • 2 months: $274.00
  • 1 year: $392.00
  • 3 years: $943.00
  • 5 years: $1493.00.
General Application All Fee information is on the attached fee resource.

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with:

  • fee payment
  • a copy of your public liability insurance certificate of currency
  • the trading / credit application form (if applicable).


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

You will need a separate permit if your tour involves marine mammal interaction.

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.