Permit for the Undertaking of Activities in Antarctica - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to interact with the Antarctic physical environment. The permit system regulates certain activities such as:

  • killing or taking of specimens of plant, rocks, or animals
  • interference or disturbance of birds
  • entry into protected areas or damage to the area
  • introduction of non-indigenous species.

Specific examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:

  • the removal of rocks, fossils, or meteorites
  • activities involving or impacting upon wildlife such as the sampling of or interference with seals or birds including dead specimens, fur, feathers, bones, shells, etc
  • the disturbance of wildlife, while on foot, or with an aircraft, vehicle or vessel in the Antarctic
  • sampling or interference with plants or invertebrates from terrestrial or lake environments in the Antarctic
  • entry into, and activities within, Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPA), historic sites or activities involving a historic site or monument
  • the introduction of non-indigenous species (such as animals, plants, viruses, bacteria, yeasts or fungi) into the Antarctic.

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

Permit application forms are required to be completed and returned no less than six weeks prior to the departure of the ship or aircraft to Antarctica and Environmental Impact Assessments should be submitted a minimum of two months prior to departure.

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


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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No fees are required.

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)