Marine Mammal Watching Tour Permits - Victoria


You will need this permit 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 will also need a Licensed Tour Operator Permit.

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 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.


Ongoing eligibility 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.


For a period of one to three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $413.40

Whale watching tour (vessel). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $413.40

Whale watching tour (aircraft). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $413.40

Seal watching. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1923.90

Whale swim. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Wildlife Act 1975 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations 2019 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Plants and Animals

Contact details

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