Anyone operating a tourism or recreation business or offering educational services for private benefit (profit) in areas managed by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will require a Commercial Operations Licence.

This not only includes tourism and recreational related products, but also services such as the supply of transport, information, instruction, supervision and the sale of goods (Regulation 2).

Examples of the types of operations that may be conducted commercially on department-managed land may include, but is not limited to:

  • vehicle tours or safaris
  • guided walks
  • charter tours
  • adventure operations such as canoeing and rock climbing
  • minor facilities and services such as food vending
  • corporate or commercial training

Benefits of licensing

The department is committed to supporting tourism and recreation in Western Australia's spectacular natural environments by providing operators with up-to-date information, news, and marketing opportunities.

Some of the benefits a commercial operator may receive as part of their licence include:

  • A complimentary subscription to LANDSCOPE, the department's award winning nature conservation magazine

  • Touring WA, a bi-monthly tourism e-newsletter

  • Regular Tour Operator Alert emails relaying up to the minute news and information on the State's conservation estate, including notification of fire and road closures