Permit to Interfere with a Cetacean - Australian Government


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:

  • whales
  • dolphins
  • porpoises.

The Agency will not issue a permit unless it is satisfied that the whale watching is carried out in accordance with all current legislation.

Service type


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


Some exemptions are available for certain activities.

Eligibility requirements

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


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Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 Australian Government

Transfer process


A permit may be transferred under certain circumstances. The permit holder must apply for a transfer in writing.

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

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