Consider the legislation applicable to your proposal, and the activities you intend to carry out, to determine whether you require any permits. The permit system regulates certain activities.

AT(EP) Act

Unless authorised in a permit; or if the action was (i) for the establishment, supply or operation of a Station; or (ii) in the case of an emergency; or (iii) to protect the environment, the following activities are offences under the AT(EP) Act:

ATEP Act reference Offence
19(1A)(b)(i) Does an act that causes death or injury to a native bird or a native seal
19(1A)(b)(ii) Does an act that causes the taking of a native bird or a native seal
19(1A)(b)(iia) Does an act that causes the taking of native invertebrates or native plants in the Antarctic
19(1A)(b)(iii) Does an act that causes other interference with a native bird or a native seal
19(1A)(b)(iiia) Does an act that disturbs a native bird or native seal
19(1)(b) Gather or collect a native plant
19(1)(c) Bring into, or keep in, the Antarctic an organism that is not indigenous to the Antarctic
19(1)(d) Enter, or carry on any other activity in, an ASPA
19(2)(a) Use an aircraft in such a manner as to disturb a concentration of birds or of seals
19(2)(b) Use a vehicle or vessel in a manner that disturbs a concentration of birds or of seals
19(2)(c) Use an explosive in a manner that disturbs a concentration of birds or of seals
19(2)(d) Use a firearm in a manner that disturbs a concentration of birds or of seals
19(2)(e) While on foot, disturb a concentration of birds or of seals
19(2)(ea)(i) Carry on an activity that results in the habitat of any species of native seal, native bird, native invertebrate or native plant being adversely modified to a significant extent
19(2)(ea)(ii) Carry on an activity that results in any population of native seals, native birds, native invertebrates or native plants being adversely modified to a significant extent
19AA(1) Gather or collect a meteorite in the Antarctic
19AA(2) Removes a rock or meteorite that was gathered or collected in the Antarctic
19AB(a) Bring into the Antarctic a native seal, a native bird or a native plant

The legislation also sets out offences that cannot be issued a permit:

ATEP Act reference Offence
19(1)(caa) Bring a dog into the Antarctic, or being the owner of a dog, allow it to remain
19(1)(cab) Bring a living bird into the Antarctic
19(1)(ca)(i) Bring into, or keep in, the Antarctic non-sterile soil
19(1)(ca)(ii) Bring into, or keep in, the Antarctic polychlorinated biphenyls
19(1)(ca)(iii) Bring into, or keep in, the Antarctic polystyrene beads or chips or any similar kind of [particulate non-biodegradable] packaging material
19(1)(cb) Bring into, or keep in the Antarctic any pesticide, other than for use for scientific, medical or hygienic purposes
19(1)(e) Carry on any activity in an ASMA otherwise than as authorised by the plan of management
19(1B)(b)(i) Does an act that causes any damage to or in an historic site
19(1B)(b)(ii) Does an act that destroys, or causes damage to or the removal of, an historic monument
19(2)(g) Cause or permit to escape from his or her control or the control of any other person an organism that is not indigenous to the Antarctic and has been brought into the Antarctic by virtue of a permit
19AC(1) Bring into the Antarctic an organism or an article, and by that conduct, bring into the Antarctic a micro-organism that is not indigenous to the Antarctic
19AD(1) Bring a live animal into the Antarctic for use as food
19AD(3) Bring poultry or other bird product that is to be used as food and is contaminated with disease into the Antarctic
19A Engage in mining activity in the Territory or continental shelf
19B Australian national engaging in mining in the Antarctic

AMLR Act

Unless authorised in a permit, the following activities are offences under the AMLR Act:

  • Harvesting living marine organisms
  • Carrying out research with respect to living marine organisms

Weapons

If your activity involves the use of weapons, contact the TET section for advice and forms at eia@aad.gov.au.

Accordingly, if you intend to undertake any of the above, or any other activities prescribed in the legislation, you will need to make application for a permit.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

If your activity involves the use of RPAs in Antarctica, you must provide details in your application. Please note that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) also has requirements in relation to the operation of RPAs. Further information is available from the CASA website.

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