Commercial operators

Have you organised your licence?

Any business, organisation or individual carrying out commercial activities on ForestrySA land must first obtain a licence and pay the relevant fee.

Commercial activities may include guided tours, instructional or educational courses and leisure activities that are conducted for fee or reward.

Such commercial activities may include:

  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Bike riding
  • Star-gazing
  • Orienteering and rogaining
  • Four-wheel driving
  • Birdwatching
  • Wildlife observation
  • Coach and bus tours
  • Boating activities
  • Forest events
  • Cave diving and exploration

Businesses do not require a licence agreement if they are:

  • Offering a public transport service (for example a charter bus service or taxi service that is not marketed as a tour).
  • A school

About our licence agreements

Licence agreements with ForestrySA are based on the Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995.

Under the Act, a Disclosure Statement is initially required, which sets the agreed terms and conditions for the licence agreement. The Disclosure Statement must be signed and returned within 14 days of being served.

As a government corporation any commercial agreement developed by ForestrySA needs to provide for cost recovery or generate revenue. In the case of small commercial agreements, fees are based on the cost to set up, administer and manage licences. ForestrySA generates minimal or no revenue.

Licence agreements are available for a periods of:

  • Six months to five years. A Certified Exclusionary Certificate from the Small Business Commissioner is required, per the Retail and Commercial Leases Act (fees apply). The Certified Exclusionary Certificate creates certain protections for lease periods under 5 years as per the Act. More information is available here.
  • Five years or over. A Certified Exclusionary Certificate from the Small Business Commissioner is not required.

View example: Disclosure Statement
View example: License Agreement

Commercial Operator fees

Fees payable for commercial forest activities vary and are paid annually. Download our Commercial Operator Fee Structure here.

Apply now!

Follow the steps below to lodge your Commercial Operator Application.

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STEP ONE: Pay your application assessment fee

A $25 assessment fee applies for all commercial operator applications.

Please ensure you have paid this fee prior to completing your application form.

Please allow up to 4 weeks for your Disclosure Statement to be prepared.


STEP TWO: Lodge your application

Once your application fee has been paid, you are ready to download, complete and lodge your commercial operator application for assessment.

Once complete, please save and email to our team for approval.

Applications must be received at least eight weeks before operations can commence and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.