Environmental Impact Assessment - Australian Antarctic Territory - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to undertake any commercial or non-commercial activity in the Antarctic Region. Broadly, the Antarctic Region is the area south of 60 degrees South.

Before your activity commences in the Australian Antarctic Territory, or the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, an environmental impact assessment must be submitted and authorised.

Approved activities may then be subject to other licences, the need for which will vary according to the type of activity to be undertaken.

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

Environmental Impact Assessments should be submitted a minimum of two months prior to departure for Antarctica.

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


As specified on the approval.



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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