National Parks Camping and Accommodation Fees
Friday 21 February, 2014
Victorian National Parks Camping and Accommodation Fees – Regulatory Impact Statement
There are about 680 campgrounds in Victoria's parks and reserves, costing significant public funds to maintain and operate each year. These costs need to be recovered so that Victoria can continue to provide great visitor experiences in nature, with safe, modern campgrounds and facilities.
The current funding model is insufficient to ensure the maintenance and safety of all Victoria's public land campsites. The standard of facilities and maintenance across these sites will begin to suffer unless changes are made.
The Government prepared a regulatory impact statement (RIS) to assess the impact of introducing a user pays approach to camping fees for all parks and reserves managed by Parks Victoria.The proposed date for implementation of new pricing in the RIS was 1 March 2014. Following consideration of feedback received from the community and to enable organisations to plan for the 2014-2015 financial year, the revised fee structure will be in place from 1 July 2014. This will allow for further consideration of:
- accommodating camping concessions for Health Care Card holders, Pension Card Holders and DVA Gold Card Holders and school groups; and
- consideration of length of the peak and shoulder periods.
Thank you to all members of the community who provided feedback on the RIS.