Long-term permits

You may be eligible to apply for a long-term permit (up to 20 years) if you can prove you operate to a high standard within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Operations are identified as high standard by being certified with an approved external certification scheme.

If you wish to apply for a long-term permit for a certified tourism operation you will need to complete the usual Marine Parks application form and provide evidence of certification. The application will be assessed as normal and an assessment fee will apply.

If the permit is a Special Tourism Permission, the amount you have used the permit will be considered as part of the assessment process.

Long-term permits may be transferred in the same way as other tourism permits. The new permittee will be given a reasonable time to achieve certification, otherwise the permit will need to be converted to a standard eight-year permit.

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