You will require this permit if you intend to enter and undertake any activity within the Australian Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands. This permit covers any activity to:
- Bring any organism into the Territory
- Engage in conduct that results in death or injury to, or interference with, any organism in the Territory
- Remove from the Territory any organism indigenous to the Territory
- Land an aircraft, drive a vehicle or sail a vessel in the Territory
- Leave any equipment, material or refuse in the Territory
- Remove any soil or other geological matter from the Territory
- Introduce any soil or other geological matter to the Territory
- Engage in conduct that results in interference to any soil or other geological matter in the Territory
- Engage in conduct that results in a living organism that has been introduced into the Territory escaping in the Territory
- Engage in conduct that results in interference to any buildings, historical relics, equipment, supplies or survey markers in the Territory
and / or
- Engage in conduct that results in interference to the conduct of a scientific experiment that is the subject of a permit in the Territory.
Please be aware that the territory extends to twelve nautical miles from the islands' coast.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible to receive this permit the proposed activity must undergo an environmental impact assessment. Depending on the activity proposed, there may be other environmental approval and permit requirements to consider.
All permit applications forms should be submitted no less than six to eight weeks prior to departure of the ship. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Variable according to the activity to be undertaken.
No fees are required.
Department of the Environment and Energy
Australian Antarctic Division
Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953 (Australian Government)
Environment Protection and Management Ordinance 1987 (Australian Government)
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