Permit for the Undertaking of Activities in Antarctica - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to interact with the Antarctic physical environment.

The permit system regulates certain activities such as:

  • killing or taking of specimens of plant, rocks, or animals
  • interference or disturbance of birds
  • entry into protected areas or damage to the area
  • introduction of non-indigenous species.

Specific examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:

  • the removal of rocks, fossils, or meteorites
  • activities involving or impacting upon wildlife such as the sampling of or interference with seals or birds including dead specimens, fur, feathers, bones, shells etc
  • the disturbance of wildlife, while on foot, or with an aircraft, vehicle or vessel in the Antarctic
  • sampling or interference with plants or invertebrates from terrestrial or lake environments in the Antarctic
  • entry into, and activities within, Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPA), historic sites or activities involving a historic site or monument
  • the introduction of non-indigenous species (such as animals, plants, viruses, bacteria, yeasts or fungi) into the Antarctic.

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

Permit application forms are required to be completed and returned 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.



Permits relating to listed threatened species or ecological communities: $100


No fees are required for permits relating to listed migratory species or marine species.

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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