You will require this permit if you intend to undertake any recreational, research or commercial activity that has the potential to damage or interfere with a protected underwater cultural heritage, protected zone or foreign underwater cultural heritage.
A historic shipwreck or relic is the remains of ship or item belonging to the remains of a ship declared to be historic. To be declared to be historic, it must be within Australian waters and be at least 75 years old. A protected zone is the water, seabed and / or air around a historic shipwreck or relic. A protected zone cannot exceed 200 hectares. Prohibited activities that require a permit include:
- destroying or causing damage to a historic shipwreck or historic relic
- causing interference with a historic shipwreck or historic relic
- causing the disposal of a historic shipwreck or historic relic
- causing the removal of a historic shipwreck or historic relic from Australia (including State waters), from Australian waters or from waters above the continental shelf of Australia
- bringing equipment for diving, salvage or recovery operations into a protected zone
- using any equipment, explosives, instruments or tools within a protected zone
- causing a ship carrying any such equipment, explosives, instruments or tools to enter, or remain within, a protected zone
- trawl, dive or engage in any other underwater activity within a protected zone
- moor or use ships within a protected zone.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.