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NPWS Digital Passes

By April 1, 2021No Comments

From 20 April 2021 all NPWS annual passes will transition to digital products which will continue to be linked to a park visitor’s vehicle. The new digital pass will make it easier to pay entry fees, manage and renew annual passes online and apply for concessions. This means no more waiting for an annual pass sticker in the mail to display on windscreens.


In addition, from 20 April 2021 fee collecting parks in Sydney will be introducing digital day passes. The change to digital day passes will occur in phases across the state over the next 24 months including Kosciuszko National Park (KNP).


All passes, including existing annual and access passes, remain valid until their expiry date and are still required to be displayed on the vehicle when visiting.


At KNP the vehicle entry stations (VES’s) will continue to operate and sell day and multiday passes, however commencing 20 April 2021 the VES’s will no longer sell annual passes. Visitors wishing to purchase an annual pass will be able to go to a NPWS visitor centre or buy their annual pass online prior to entry. As they are now, annual passes purchased this way will be valid instantly and allow visitors to come to KNP without stopping at a VES.


At KNP, day passes, multiday passes and lessee Access Passes will still need to be displayed on the vehicle and will continue to be obtainable through the local offices, VES’s and local NPWS visitor centres.


The Kosciuszko Local Resident Discounted All Parks Pass remains available and applications for this concession can still be made at the Cooma Visitor Centre, or NPWS visitor centres in Jindabyne, Tumut or Khancoban.


Pensioner and eligible veteran concession card holders will continue to get free entry to national parks and can now apply for their pass online without having to leave home or wait for it in the mail. Under the new system, passes will be linked to one vehicle registered in their name or one vehicle at their home address. This is consistent with other NPWS annual pass products, including discount passes for Seniors Card holders, and is also more consistent with the NSW Government’s other vehicle-based fee concession arrangements.


More information about the improvements to the entry fee program is available at


If you have more questions about digital park passes, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on:

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