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Filming and photography

Filming and photography plays an important role in encouraging awareness and appreciation of Victoria’s diverse network of parks. 

A permit is required for professional, and some amateur, filming and photography in areas managed by Parks Victoria.

Filming in state forests is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and permits must be obtained from local DELWP offices. Phone 136 186 to obtain local DELWP office numbers.

Permits are required so filming and photography in parks is managed safely and responsibly. Parks Victoria places conditions on permits to minimise the impact on the park, park visitors, tenants and tour operators. 

Who needs a permit?

  • Anyone professionally filming or photographing areas managed by Parks Victoria.
  • Wedding and portrait photographers not already covered by an event permit.

Who doesn't need a permit?

  • Amateur or hobby photographers.
  • People taking film or video for personal use.
  • News related media coverage of current affairs.
  • Small scale editorial photography (one photographer and assistant).

Are there any fees?

Yes. An administration fee, supervision fee and bond may be required. A late processing fee is applied to applications received with less than five full working day's notice.

General guidelines placed on filming or photography in parks

  • Stay on defined tracks.
  • Keep the site clean, cover food, put lids on rubbish bins.
  • Carry out what you take in.
  • Consider safety precautions and follow appropriate industry codes.
  • Keep noise to a minimum.
  • Don’t disturb or damage the plants, animals or natural or built features in the park.
  • Don’t feed the wildlife. 
  • No use of firearms, pyrotechnics, loud sound effects or sound amplifier systems unless special permission is given.

What is the process?

  1. Submit your completed application form to events@parks.vic.gov.au at least five working days prior and attach the following documents:
    • Certificate of Currency – noting Parks Victoria as an interested Party and minimum Public Liability coverage of $20 million AUD
    • Basic site map
    • Scene pages or short description of the nature of your project
    • Safety Plan/Risk Assessment
  2. Parks Victoria might request further documentation and clarification.
  3. An invoice will be issued. Full payment is due prior to permit execution.
Note: Drone/UAV filming and photography require further documentation such as a detailed flight plans and drone operator licenses. Please consult with the Events Branch at Parks Victoria. 

Application forms

Where to get more information?

For more information contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or email info@parks.vic.gov.au

Parks Victoria can provide advice on locations, site restrictions and planned park events and activities that could affect filming and photography. Site visits can also be arranged to assess conditions and safety arrangements.