Virtually all protected area agencies in Australia have adopted some form of user-pays system. Park agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on visitor fees as the demand for recreation and tourism in parks rises and the cost of providing facilities and services exceeds the level of government funding.
Recent research in Australia and worldwide suggests that:
This project seeks to address the lack of knowledge and develop guidelines for assessing the viability of new and existing user-pays systems for protected areas in Australia.
National parks agencies in all Australian states, territories and the Commonwealth charge individual visitors entrance fees, camping fees or both. This report summarises fee structures as of mid 2001. It also examines how fees are set, collected and spent.
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