Filming and photography
National parks and reserves
If you are planning to undertake any filming or still photography in South Australia’s parks and reserves for commercial purposes*, then under Section 35 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and Regulation 37(1)(a) of the National Parks and Wildlife (National Parks) Regulations 2001 you may require a Commercial Filming Agreement or Photography Permit.
News services (television, radio, print and internet) will not require an Agreement or Permit but should contact our Media Unit on (08) 8463 7437 to discuss their intended activity.
In all cases it is a requirement that the Guidelines for Commercial Filming and Photography in Parks are followed.
To enquire about your intended filming or photography activity, please contact Parks Licensing and Events on (08) 8204 9060 or DEWNR.ParksLicensingandEvents@sa.gov.au.
* Filming or photography is defined as “commercial” when the intention is to promote a product or service and/or achieve financial gain from the filming or photography.
How to apply
Submit your completed application form to:
Parks Licensing and Events
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
GPO Box 1047
ADELAIDE, SA 5001
Fax: 08 8115 1324
Applications to film or photograph will need to provide sufficient information to demonstrate the intended activity is consistent with the objectives of the relevant Act and park management plan and will not impact on the park or other users. Applicants are also encouraged to refer to the relevant regulations to ensure any associated activity is not otherwise prohibited.
Please refer to the relevant Regulations below:
- Special conditions specific to the nature of the activity and the park(s) may be included in Agreements and Permits.
- Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your application to be processed prior to your intended activity. It is recommended you provide at least 21 days’ notice.
- Late fees apply for applications received less than 14 days prior to the date of filming.
Some parks are managed jointly with Aboriginal people and is referred to as co-operative management Where co-management occurs, it may take longer to process your application.
Please contact us as early as possible to discuss requirements if your intended activity involves any of the co-managed parks.
- Lake Gairdner National Park
Flinders Ranges & Outback
|Video or motion filming
||Full day (4hrs - 7.5hrs)
|Per hour or part thereof
|Late application fee
||Less than 14 days prior to the date of filming
||Full day (4hrs - 7.5hrs)
|Half day (up to 4 hrs)
|Hourly (up to 2 hours or in excess of 7.5hrs)
||100% of above
|Public holiday loading
||200% of above
|Environmental impact bond
||Refundable, returned after impact assessment
|Lake Gairdner National Park
||Please refer to Lake Gairdner National Park Filming Application
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