Licensed tour operators
Licensed Tour Operators offer a wide range of appropriate organised recreation activities on public land. These organised recreation opportunities are conducted across a wide range of environments, ranging from remote national parks to metropolitan parks close to Melbourne.
Tour operator licence applications
For current tour operators
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries website maintains helpful licensing information such as Fact Sheets, FAQs and Regulation documents:
Statement of Expectation
The objective of the Statement of Expectations (SOE) framework is to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the administration and enforcement of regulation in the context of facilitating increased business investment and economic activity in Victoria.
The objective of SOEs is to establish clear expectations of regulator performance and improvement between responsible Ministers and regulators. This will improve regulator outcomes and reduce costs on regulated parties.
Adventure activity standards
Industry has endorsed and the Government has funded a project to develop documented Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) for the outdoor recreation industry.
There are currently Adventure Activity Standards for the following Parks Victoria licensed activities.
- Canoeing / kayaking
- Four Wheel Driving
- Horse Trail Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Recreational Angling
- River Rafting
- Rock Climbing
- Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, and Wildlife Swims
- Surfing Sessions
- Trail Bike Touring
Details of the AAS and the industry consultation process undertaken by Outdoor Victoria (formally Outdoor Recreation Centre) are available at www.outdoorsvictoria.org.au
Compliance with relevant AAS is a condition of all tour operator licences. For licensed activities where AAS have not been developed, the licence application notes the requirements.
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20 Oct 2014 4:00pm - 24 Oct 2014 5:00pm
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21 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am
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22 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am
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23 Oct 2014 10:00am-12:00pm
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