Protection Zone Installation Permit - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to install submarine telecommunications cabling in a protection zone within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (Australian Waters).

A submarine cable means:

  • a domestic submarine cable
  • an international submarine cable.

A Protection Zone permit (PZ) is required for proposed installations within areas that have been declared as protection zones. From the low-water mark to a water depth of 2000 metres is considered a protection zone. If you install any part of the cable outside of a protection zone then you will be required to also apply for a separate permit called a Non-Protection Zone permit.

The Agency has advised that all protection zones are marked on relevant hydrographic charts.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit, you must hold a current carrier licence.



As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5123.00

Application charge per cable. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1394.00

For each request made. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Telecommunications Act 1997 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Communications Infrastructure

Contact details

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