National parks agencies in all Australian States, Territories and the Commonwealth charge individual visitors entrance fees, camping fees, or both. This report summarises fee structures as of mid 2001. It also examines how fees are set, collected and spent. Fees for commercial operations such as tours, and for services such as educational activities, are described in separate reports. All agencies amended their fees in mid 2000 in response to the introduction of a Goods and Services Tax. This report hence supersedes the updated ANZECC review in 2000 (QPWS, 2000), which quotes pre-GST figures.
Entrance fees - overview:
Four of the State and Territory park agencies (WA, SA, NSW, TAS), plus Parks Australia, charge daily entrance fees for public access to some or all of their national parks; three (NT, QLD, ACT) 1 generally do not (Table 1). Entry fees may be charged per vehicle, per person, or both. Some agencies charge fees for all parks, others only for more heavily visited parks. For parks where fees are charged, fees range from$3.00 to $15.00 per vehicle per day, and $3.00 to $6.00 per person per day. Annual passes are also available from all agencies that charge daily entrance fees. Costs range from $17.00 (WA, one park only) to $170.00 (SA, all parks in SA). In addition, one-month passes are offered in WA and SA, two-month passes in Tasmania, and three-day, one-week and two-week passes by Parks Australia.
Entrance fee concessions:
All of the agencies, which charge fees to enter national parks, offer discounts to children, pensioners, school groups and/or coach groups (Table 3). Most agencies also offer discounted rates to clients of commercial tour operators, as described in the companion report on commercial tour permits.
Entrance fee consistency:
TPWS is the only agency that charges a uniform entrance fee for all the national parks under their management. WA CALM and NSW NPWS also charge uniform entrance fees, including holiday and annual park passes, but these do not apply in all parks. Parks Victoria, NPWSA and Parks Australia charge different entrance fees at different parks, but with similar pricing structures.
For those agencies that collect entrance fees, park passes can be purchased and entrance fees paid in advance at approved outlets such as district offices, information centres, shops and some barge and ferry operators. In most cases, payment can also be made on entering the park at entry stations or visitor centres, by self-registration, or to patrolling Rangers (Table 4).||