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.

Some exemptions are available for certain activities.

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

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


As specified on 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.


Task Resources
Apply Application for Permit to Interfere with a Cetacean - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy

Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

Contact details

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

Enquiries, Marine Species Section

Operating address: John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address: GPO BOX 787
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 1800 803 772
Phone: 02 6274 1111
Fax: 02 6274 1771