Our Partners

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Programme

Officially launched on Earth Day, April 22 2015, the TripAdvisor Green Leader Programme is designed to attract the increasing numbers of travelers who are interested in environmentally-friendly practices - allowing responsible tourism operators to stand apart from competitors and highlight their green practices.

Ecotourism Australia has partnered with TripAdvisor to showcase eligible certified operators who meet the required standards for the programme. 

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council serves as the international body for establishing and managing standards for sustainable tourism.   

Ecotourism Australia's partnership with GSTC allows our certified operators to display the GSTC logo because they meet GSTC standards as responsible tourism operators.

Tourism & Events Queensland

Tourism & Events Queensland's vision is to build a sustainable and strong tourism industry for Queensland while being a creative, innovative and solutions-driven organisation.

COMET Corporation

Coastal and Marine Eco-Tourism Corporation (COMET Corporation) aims to promote local and national sustainable tourism and conservation, specifically in marine and coastal environments. Through the use of research and awareness campaigns, COMET Corporation identifies, develops and implements projects for responsible tourism with the assistance of local authorities. Relationships with community leaders and regulatory governing bodies aid the continued conservation of natural resources.

COMET Corporation and Ecotourism Australia formed an agreement to promote Certified Ecotourism in the Southern African Development Communities (SADC) countries of Africa. See

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In February 2016, CapeNature became the first international tourism operator to receive ECO certification, and the first operator certified through Ecotourism Australia's licence agreement with COMET Coporation. CapeNature has achieved Ecotourism certification for Kogelberg, Robberg and Goukamma Nature Reserves.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has partnered with individuals, businesses and governments in the conservation of our unique environment since 1982. CVA is also currently responsible for completing audits for Ecotourism Australia's certified tourism operators. 


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre and Ecotourism Australia partner to maintain the protection, conservation and presentation of natural and mixed World Heritage sites.  

Ecotourism Australia also advises the World Heritage Centre on private sector tourism development challenges and provides advice on the development of specific activities for financial assistance, mentoring and technical expertise to World Heritage properties.


China Ready

China Ready delivers an independent global training and quality assurance accreditation system which provides Chinese consumers and businesses with assurance of a pre-determined level of cultural awareness, understanding and service quality when interacting with product and service providers outside mainland China.

In partnership with Ecotourism Australia (EA), China Ready awards 3-5 stars for EA certified operators to assist Chinese consumers in brand recognition and promote sustainable travel.

  • Advanced Ecotourism = 5 Star ECO Standard
  • Ecotourism = 4 Star ECO Standard
  • Nature Tourism = 3 Star ECO Standard

Taiwan Ecotourism Association

Ecotourism Australia and the Taiwan Ecotourism Association's partnership aims to grow and enhance the level of best practice sustainable tourism in Taiwan and Australia, exploring opportunities to promote ecotourism, sustainable tourism and geotourism, as well as exploring other co-operative projects.

Parks Australia

Parks Australia supports the Director of National Parks who has responsibility under federal environment law for six Commonwealth national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Australia's network of Commonwealth marine reserves. Ecotourism Australia's relationship with Parks Australia helps maintain strengthened ecotourism efforts by providing certifications that grant operators extended business operation licences.

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

Ecotourism Australia helps support the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, which works to protect and conserve the New South Wales environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and built heritage, and manages national parks and reserves.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for management of the Marine Park and encourages tourism operators to adopt high standards for protection, presentation and partnership within the park. 

Department of Parks and Wildlife - Western Australia

The Western Australia Department of Parks & Wildlife (DPAW) is a Protected Area Manager Member of Ecotourism Australia that focuses on nature conservation and the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of Western Australia’s world-class network of national and marine parks. The Department's key responsibilities include conserving biodiversity and managing the State’s national parks, marine parks and other reserves.

Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria is committed to delivering works on the ground across Victoria’s park network to protect and enhance park values. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations.

Our Planet Travel

Our Planet Travel is proud to be a partner of Ecotourism Australia – Australia’s leading sustainable travel organisation. Our Planet Travel is Australia’s only magazine focused on sustainable and responsible travel. Their aim is to encourage and inspire more people to spend their tourism dollars wisely, and make better choices for our environment and local communities when on holiday. Together, our two organisations are increasing travel eco-awareness through magazine articles, social media, online marketing activities and competitions.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manages 19 national parks and over 800 reserves, more than 40% of the State. Their mission is to create and maintain a representative and world-renowned reserve system to conserve the State's natural and cultural heritage while providing sustainable use and economic opportunities for the Tasmanian community.

National Parks South Australia

National Parks South Australia encompasses more than 20% of the state and offers a wide range of experiences. South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive park system.

National Parks South Australia celebrates the State’s parks for the benefits they provide to communities and the contribution they make to conservation.