Australian Antarctic Environmental Authorisation - Australian Government


You will require this authorisation if you intend to undertake any activity in the Antarctic Region or any activities involving marine organisms in the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCALMR) Area, the area south of 60 degrees South. These activities must have no significant or lasting impact on the environment, including flora and fauna.

Before any activity commences in the Australian Antarctic Territory or the CCALMR Area, an environmental impact assessment must be submitted and authorised. Authorised activities may then be subject to other licences, the need for which will vary according to the type of activity to be undertaken.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or organisation
  • have a planned vessel for travelling to the area
  • submit the required forms.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required. Fees for 2021-22


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Guide to Administering Environmental Approvals - PDF (Opens in new window)

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

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australian Antarctic Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Territories, Environment and Treaties Section

Australian Antarctic Division

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Operating address: 203 Channel Highway
Kingston, Tasmania 7050
Phone: 03 6232 3209
Fax: 03 6232 3500
Website: Australian Antarctic Division (Opens in new window)