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Monday, 24 September 2012

Tour operator licence

Fishing charter boats operating and possibly anyone filming a fishing TV show in Port Phillip and Wester Port Bays do now require a Licensed Tour Operator permit from Parks Victoria, and must adhere to the Australian Adventure Activity Standards for recreational angling

who will require a tour operator licence?

A person or business who conducts an organised tour or recreational business for profit on crown land is required to hold a tour operator licence


6.5 Wildlife
Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
Understand through education the role each species plays in each environment in order to realise the importance of its position within an ecosystem.
Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, and raising young. Touching nests or young animals may cause their parents to abandon them.
Never feed wild animals or birds. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
Store food and rubbish securely.
Control pets at all times or better yet, leave them at home. All National Parks restrict pets so check regulations first.
Report any injured animals to the local land managers. Do not attempt to handle the animal.

3.3 Competencies

To lead activities a leader must be confident of having the skills and experience at least equivalent to that described by the following Units of Competency. A leader can acquire these skills and experience through training with community organisations such as clubs, via employers, TAFE colleges, universities, registered training organisations (RTOs), in-house training and by attaining international qualifications.
Details of these Units of Competency can be found at the National Training Information Service website at NTIS is the official national register of information on Training Packages, Qualifications, Courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) See also Service Skills Australia These competencies are used to describe the skills required to undertake a specific role within the outdoor industry.
In non-commercial activities participants are often peers/club members with known experience/skills. Where this is the case, the leader may not require all of the skills listed below but may prefer to delegate some aspects to other members of the group. 
The group needs to assess the list of skills described below and ensure that the relevant skills are available within the group for the particular activity.


These units relate to the generic competency expected of any individual in a position of Leadership or Management in the outdoors.

Leadership and Management Skills

Respond to emergency situations, See the First aid section in this

Facilitate a group

Deal with conflict

Undertake risk analysis of activities

Apply sport & recreation law

Follow defined Occupational Health and Safety policy and procedures

Manage risk in an outdoor activity

Plan for minimal environmental impact

These additional skills may be required when the activity is more complex, conditions more variable, location is more remote, etc.

Outdoor Recreation Skills

Provide leadership to groups

Plan outdoor recreation activities (advanced)

Guide outdoor recreation sessions

Apply weather information

Coordinate emergency response

Operate communications systems and equipment

Navigate in tracked or easy untracked areas

Navigate in difficult or trackless areas

Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site

Apply search and rescue skills

Fishing Specific Skills

Comply with fisheries management regulations and conservation strategies

Use basic skills to catch and handle fish

Select, use and maintain fishing tackle outfits

Use knowledge of fish habitats, behavioural and life cycles to locate fish.

1 year licence = $110 ($255 in 2013)
3 year licence = $310*+ (two years fee only)
10 year licence = $310*+ (two years fee only)
Use fee – General visitor $1.10 ($2:40 in 2013)

(User fee is Per customer)

Use fee cap $5,500.00 ($12,500.00 in 2013)

Applicants must complete a separate Tour Schedule for each new tour. A tour is any organised tourism / recreation business
activity undertaken on public land areas managed by Parks Victoria / DSE.

From 1 July 2011, it is an offence to operate a guided tour or outdoor recreational activity for profit on public lands. Penalties for operating without a licence, or breaching conditions of a licence, will be 20 penalty units for a natural person, and 100 penalty units for a body corporate. (A penalty unit for 2011-2012 financial year is $122.14).,-licences-and-permits/licensed-tour-operators

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