Permit for the Use, Exploration or Recovery of Historic Shipwrecks or Relics - Victoria


You will require one of these permits if you intend to use, explore or recover historic shipwrecks or relics (including shipwrecks or relics in protected zones). You will also require this permit if you intend to use an historic shipwreck relic for the purposes of study, conservation or exhibition, or if you intend to buy or exchange a historic shipwreck relic of remove one from Victoria. You will also require this permit if you intend to dispose of a historic shipwreck relic.

A historic shipwreck relic means:

  • an article that appears to have formed part of a ship, been installed or carried on a ship, or been constructed or used by a person associated with a ship, and includes any marine concretions and accretions that have become attached to the article
  • is 75 years old or more
  • the article is included in the Heritage Register, or is provisionally registered in the Heritage Register.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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:

  • correctly complete an application form and submit any required documentation
  • submit the required forms
  • pay the prescribed fee
  • be willing to abide by any conditions placed on your permit by the Agency.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

The permit may be subject to conditions and the conditions can be revoked or varied at any time. The permit may also be revoked and/or suspended indefinitely or for a specified period.

Exploration or recovery of historic shipwrecks or relics together with specified activities associated with them is strictly prohibited (unless a permit is granted) and severe penalties apply.


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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

Fees will vary according to the purpose of the permit. Please consult the responsible agency for further information.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Heritage Victoria

Contact details

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

Phone: 03 9208 6894
Fax: 03 9412 4998
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