Permit to Enter and Carry out a Specified Activity on Heard or McDonald Island - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to enter the Australian Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands or undertake certain activities within the Territory.

This permit covers any activity to:

  • bring any organism into the Territory
  • engage in conduct that results in death or injury to, or interference with, any organism in the Territory
  • remove from the Territory any organism indigenous to the Territory
  • land an aircraft, drive a vehicle or sail a vessel in the Territory
  • leave any equipment, material or refuse in the Territory
  • introduce, remove or interfere with any soil or other geological matter from the Territory
  • interference to any buildings, historical relics, equipment, supplies or survey markers in the Territory
  • interfere with a scientific experiment that is the subject of a permit in the Territory.

Please be aware that the Territory extends to twelve nautical miles from the islands' coasts.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to receive this permit, you must already hold an authorisation from the organisation to enter the Territory.

The proposed activity must also undergo an environmental impact assessment. Depending on the activity proposed, there may be other environmental approval and permit requirements to consider.


Variable according to the activity to be undertaken.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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No fees are required.


Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Australian Government

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Management Ordinance 1987 Australian Government

Application process


All permit applications forms should be submitted no less than six to eight weeks prior to departure of the ship.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

Australian Antarctic Division

Contact details

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

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