Fitness Trainers

A permit system is in place for personal training activities in Yarra's parks. The system provides the opportunity for people to exercise, while also making sure commercial fitness activities do not prevent others from enjoying Yarra's parks.

Permit system

Personal training sessions are permitted between 6.00am and 8.00pm in 23 parks and reserves across Yarra. Before holding a session in a Yarra park, personal trainers are required to obtain a permit which is based on the size of their training group and the number of sessions being held.

Please find below a list of personal trainers who currently have permits:
pdf format Personal Trainers Currently Using Yarra Parks - Jan 2017 (15.53 KB)

Why is a permit needed? 

It is a requirement under the Crown Land Acts Amendment (Lease and Licence Terms) Act 2009 and under Council’s Local Law 2 that personal trainers and commercial fitness groups operating on public land hold a licence agreement with Council.

Permits are available for 23 parks in Yarra, comprising 18 Crown land parks and five Council land parks.

If you wish to hold a training session in a park then you need to first check which permit categories are allowed at which parks.

Please refer to the policy below to view terms and conditions and a list of available parks.
pdf format Personal Trainers Policy - December 2016 (170.12 KB)

Permit applications

Personal Training Licences are offered every year commencing 1 November. You can apply for a licence at any time during the year however there is no pro rata system for permit fees. Licences are valid for a maximum of 12 months and expire on 31 October each year.

Supporting documentation must be submitted with all applications including:

  • Certificate of Currency/ Insurance with $10 million in Public Liability and $5 million Professional Indemnity
  • National Fitness Industry registration: Fitness Australia or Kinect Australia
  • Level 2 First Aid
  • Current CPR

To apply for a permit online, please follow the link below:
Personal trainers permit online application form

To obtain a hard copy version of the application form, please contact Council's Recreation Unit on 9205 5779. 

Permit fees

The licence fee for personal trainers as required under the Crown Land (Reserves) (Tour Operator Licence Fee) Regulations 2011 is an annual fee of $289 (including GST) payable in advance.

This fee covers the period from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017. There is no pro rata system for permit fees.

Callum Richards
Recreation Liaison Officer
9205 5738

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