Permit for Undertaking Activities Involving Living Organisms in Antarctica - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to undertake any activity in Antarctica that involves any living organisms that are found in the marine environment within the area defined under the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

This area covers the waters surrounding Antarctica.

Activities for which permits are required include:

  • harvesting living marine organisms of a specified kind or kinds
  • carrying out research involving living marine organisms
  • fishing for recreational purposes.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

Permit application forms must be completed and returned no less than six weeks prior to the departure of the ship or aircraft to Antarctica.

Please consult the Contact Officer or refer to the application form for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy

Australian Antarctic Division

Contact details

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

Territories, Environment and Treaties Section

Operating address: Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
Kingston, Tasmania 7050
Phone: 03 6232 3209
Fax: 03 6232 3500
Website: Territories, Environment and Treaties Section (Opens in new window)