Northern Land Council Permits - Australian Government


You will require a permit if you intend to undertake certain activities on Aboriginal land in the Darwin-Daly-Wagait, West Arnhem, East Arnhem, Katherine, V-R-D, Ngukurr or Borroloola-Barkly regions of the Northern Territory.

This includes entering Aboriginal land for any purpose, entering and visiting a community or travelling through Aboriginal land.

The following permits are available:

  • work
  • transit
  • tourist
  • recreational fishing
  • research
  • media.

All people visiting Aboriginal communities for work or other purposes on a short- or long-term basis require a permit, including:

  • travellers
  • tourists
  • contractors
  • journalists
  • hawkers
  • representatives of any group, company agency or government department not covered by statutory permit arrangement.

You do not require a permit to travel on a public road through Aboriginal Land.

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

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

There is no charge for a permit. However, entry fees apply for some destinations.

Act(s) name

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 Australian Government

Administering agency

Northern Land Council

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:

Permit Officer, Head Office

Northern Land Council

Operating address: 45 Mitchell Street
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1222
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8920 5100