You may require a permit if you intend to undertake certain activities in Aboriginal reserves and communities. The two types of permits available are transit permits and mining access permits. Transit permits are required if you intend to enter and pass through certain Aboriginal reserves and are generally issued on a short-term basis. They usually apply if you intend to:
- Visit or travel through for tourism, recreation or business purposes;
- Visit art or cultural centres; or
- Conduct pre-arranged business with communities.
Mining access permits are required if you intend to:
- Conduct any mining activity, such as surveying and / or marking out of tenements, fossicking, prospecting, exploring and mining; and
- Travel through to access other mining tenements for prospecting, exploration or mining purposes.
The approval of the specific Aboriginal community you intend to visit may be required before you undertake commercial activities on reserve or community land.
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 for a transit permit, you will need to justify your visit and comply with any community guidelines. To be eligible for a mining access permit, you must gain permission to undertake mining activities. You may require the advice from the Agency on the granting of mining permits in Aboriginal reserves.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
As specified on the permit.
Most permits are free of charge. However it should be noted that some Aboriginal communities do levy an entry, camping or activity fee for people intending to visit or remain on the reserve for an extended period (for example in the Kimberley Region where tourists may stay over for fishing activities).
You can apply for most travel permits online. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on how to apply for a mining access permit.
Department of Aboriginal Affairs
Aboriginal Land Trust
Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 (Western Australia)
Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act Regulations 1972 (Western Australia)
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