Permit to Interfere with Seals in the Antarctic Region - Australian Government


You will require this authorisation if you intend to interfere with, or disturb, native seals in Antarctica for scientific research or other purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, undertaking activities such as:

  • killing
  • taking
  • collecting specimens
  • measuring
  • tagging.

Before your permit can be granted, you will need to submit an environmental impact assessment of the proposed activity.

Please note that you must provide a compelling scientific purpose for any proposed activities on Arctocephalus and Ommatophoca rossii species of seal, due to their highly protected status.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Application forms are required to be submitted 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.


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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 Fisheries and Forestry

Australian Antarctic Division

Contact details

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