Environmental Impact Assessment, approvals and permits

Islands and ice in Newcomb Bay on the Budd Coast
Islands and ice in Newcomb Bay on the Budd Coast (Photo: Wendy Pyper)

If you wish to conduct scientific, management or recreational and other non-government activities in the Antarctic or subantarctic you will need to be aware of and to comply with all national and state legislative requirements.

The information contained within this section is provided as general guidance only on the environmental protection requirements under Australian law. You will still need to ensure that you are aware of all other legal requirements and that these have been satisfied before you depart for the Antarctic or subantarctic. It should be noted that some research activities could require up to five different permits in order to satisfy all environmental requirements.

View or download permit application request forms, permit-holder report forms, or to obtain more information about permits and permit fees:

Current versions of Australian legislation and legislative instruments are available from the Federal Register of Legislation.