An important task in the management of the park is maintaining and respecting local indigenous culture while accommodating the interests of non-Aboriginal people. While we understand that visitors and people in business want to use the park, Parks Australia has obligations to protect local Aboriginal law and lifestyle and the integrity of the World Heritage natural and cultural values of the park.
If you wish to conduct research or any commercial activity within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park you will require a permit. Certain recreational activities also require a permit. Activities must be consistent with the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Plan of Management.
Activities requiring permits and application forms
Activities within the park that require a permit under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and Regulations, are included below - each listing links to the application form and further information.
- Commercial activities
- Commercial tours
- Commercial image capture, use and commercial sound recording
- Other activities
Processing of permit applications
Media applicants need to allow a minimum of 14 days for processing Image Use and Photography applications, and at least 28 days for processing Filming and Sound Recording applications. All other permit applications require a minimum of 1 month for processing of your application, from the date that the Permits Officer receives your application.
Notification of activities affecting listed species or ecological communities
If you undertake an activity in or on a Commonwealth park or reserve that results in the unintentional death, injury, trading, taking, keeping or moving of:
- a member of a listed threatened species (except a conservation dependent species),
- a member of a listed threatened ecological community,
- a member of a listed migratory species, or
- a member of a listed marine species
and your activity was not authorised by a permit, then you must notify the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities within seven days of becoming aware of the incident. This includes accidental injury to wildlife whilst driving within the park. Failure to notify is an offence punishable by a fine.