You will require this permit if you intend to interfere with a cetacean or undertake whale watching activities in the Australian Whale Sanctuary or waters outside the outer limits of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. State and Territory governments are responsible for the conservation and protection of whales within coastal waters (up to 3 nautical miles from the coast).
A cetacean is a water-dwelling mammal, and includes:
The Agency will not issue a permit unless it is satisfied that the whale watching is carried out in accordance with all current legislation.
Some exemptions are available for certain activities.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.