Non-Protection Zone Installation Permit - Australian Government

Service summary

You must apply for this permit if you intend to install submarine telecommunications cabling in Australian waters that are not in a protection zone and that are not coastal waters of a State or the Northern Territory.

A Non-Protection Zone permit (Non-PZ) is required for proposed installations outside areas that have been declared as protection zones. From the low-water mark to a water depth of 2000 metres is considered a protection zone. If you install any part of the cable inside a protection zone then you will be required to also apply for a separate permit called a Protection Zone permit.

The Agency has advised that all protection zones are marked on relevant hydrographic charts.

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

To be eligible for this permit, you must hold a current carrier licence.

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



As specified on your permit.



$8 176 per cable or $7 388 per cable if the application is linked to a Protection Zone permit. You will also need to provide a deposit of $25 000 for costs incurred for the use of external consultants.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Act(s) name

Telecommunications Act 1997 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing
Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Mailing address:
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616


02 6219 5555


1300 850 115


02 6219 5353

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