Filming Fee/Lawful Authority Charge:
There is an application fee of $50 plus a charge of $550 for half day access, $770 full day access or $1100 for 3 plus days access. (Parks to be visited must be specified on the permit application). These charges apply to advertising, feature films, documentaries and other educational and tourism films, except where non-standard charges or waiver or reduction of charges are deemed appropriate (see below).
For commercial stills photography, there is an application fee of $50 plus a charge of $275 for a full day or $137.50 for a half day (5 hour period) will apply.
A charge higher than the standard charge can be negotiated by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on the basis of the scale of the production, the amount of supervision required, the level of expertise of staff required, the location of filming, and other factors. For example, a large scale advertising production which uses a well known or significant feature, eg. The Pinnacles, Bungle Bungles, etc., may attract a substantially higher charge than the standard charge. This charge will be negotiated by the Regional/District Manager or Manager, Corporate Relations and should include administrative costs of both Perth-based and local staff.
A flat charge of $1100 for small scale productions that will require more than three days access and where the subject matter will have some benefit for Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions objectives, but may not qualify for waiver or reduction of charges (see below).
Waiver or reduction of charges:
Charges can be waived or reduced at the discretion of the Regional or District Manager for educational and tourism films that are likely to increase appreciation, awareness and understanding of the natural (or cultural) environment and which benefit Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions objectives. This waiver or reduction of charges would apply to Tourism Western Australia-sponsored productions on a case by case basis and some documentaries and television lifestyle programs, eg. Talk to the Animals, The Great Outdoors, Holiday, or where Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is working closely with the film-makers on the script or Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will gain community education benefits.
$55 per hour or $71.50 for after hour supervision. This applies where a charge is made for management supervision in cases where the District Manager or ranger deems it necessary, eg., in sensitive areas or where the film-maker requests the assistance of a ranger.
Waiver of charges:
Supervision charges can be waived at the discretion of the Regional/District Manager or Manager, Corporate Relations in consultation with the Region/District if the production will increase appreciation, awareness and understanding of the natural (or cultural) environment and will benefit Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions objectives, or if the supervision costs are built into a non-standard filming charge (see above), or if the filming/photography is sponsored by Tourism Western Australia.
Waiver of Park Entry fees:
Approved filming/photography groups will be given a waiver of entry fees if they are accessing parks where entry fees apply. They must show a copy of their lawful authority at the entry point, if required, to be granted the waiver.