Permit to Undertake Prohibited Activities - Shipwrecks - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to undertake any recreational, research or commercial activity that has the potential to damage or interfere with an historic shipwreck, relic or protected zone.

A historic shipwreck or relic is the remains of ship or item belonging to the remains of a ship declared to be historic. To be declared to be historic, it must be within Australian waters and be at least 75 years old. A protected zone is the water, seabed and / or air around a historic shipwreck or relic. A protected zone cannot exceed 200 hectares. Prohibited activities that require a permit include:

  • Destroying or causing damage to a historic shipwreck or historic relic;
  • Causing interference with a historic shipwreck or historic relic;
  • Causing the disposal of a historic shipwreck or historic relic;
  • Causing the removal of a historic shipwreck or historic relic from Australia (including State waters), from Australian waters or from waters above the continental shelf of Australia;
  • Bringing equipment for diving, salvage or recovery operations into a protected zone;
  • Using any equipment, explosives, instruments or tools within a protected zone;
  • Causing a ship carrying any such equipment, explosives, instruments or tools to enter, or remain within, a protected zone;
  • Trawl, dive or engage in any other underwater activity within a protected zone; or
  • Moor or use ships within a protected zone.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.

Duration

As specified on the permit.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

Act(s) name

Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Historic Shipwrecks Regulations 1978 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Heritage Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5020
Parramatta
New South Wales 2124

Phone:

02 98738500

Fax:

02 98738599
heritage@planning.nsw.gov.au

Enquiries, Heritage Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1680
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801

Phone:

02 62741111
heritage@nt.gov.au

Enquiries, Heritage Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2454
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

1300130372

Fax:

07 33305875
archaeology@derm.qld.gov.au

Enquiries, Heritage Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1047
Adelaide, South Australia 5001

Phone:

08 81244960

Fax:

08 81244980
DEHHeritage@sa.gov.au

Enquiries, Heritage Tasmania
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1751
Hobart, Tasmania 7001

Phone:

03 62332387

Fax:

03 62240884
mike.nash@parks.tas.gov.au

Enquiries, Heritage Victoria
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

03 86448800

Fax:

03 86448951
heritage.victoria@dpcd.vic.gov.au

Enquiries, Western Australian Museum
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Operating address:
45-47 Cliff Street
Fremantle
Western Australia 6160

Phone:

08 92123700

Fax:

08 94318489
reception@museum.wa.gov.au

Enquiries, Heritage Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1908
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

02 62077454

Fax:

02 62075513
heritage@act.gov.au

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