Permit to Interfere with Seals in the Antarctic Region - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you intend to interfere with, or disturb, native seals in Antarctica for scientific research or other purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, undertaking activities such as:

  • killing
  • taking
  • collecting specimens
  • measuring
  • tagging.

Before your permit can be granted, you will need to submit an environmental impact assessment of the proposed activity.

Please note that you must provide a compelling scientific purpose for any proposed activities on Arctocephalus and Ommatophoca rossii species of seal, due to their highly protected status.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Application forms are required to be submitted no less than six weeks prior to the departure of the ship or aircraft to Antarctica and Environmental Impact Assessments should be submitted a minimum of two months prior to departure.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the permit.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Australian Antarctic Division

Act(s) name

Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1993 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Territories, Environment and Treaties Section
Department of the Environment and Energy
Australian Antarctic Division

Operating address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
Kingston, Tasmania 7050


03 6232 3209


03 6232 3500

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