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How to apply

To start a new research permit application you will need to register an account for Online Services, you will then be able to log in and start an application from your dashboard. If you have already logged in, scroll to the bottom of this page to find the "Apply" button.

Allowed activities

Through this application you will be able to apply for research and extractive research activities.

Permit conditions

When a permit is granted a number of conditions will apply to its use, to learn more about these conditions visit Permit Conditions.

Apply well in advance

For most research permit applications, please allow at least eight weeks for the application to be processed. However, depending on the complexity of the application and any assessments or consultations that are required, some applications can take up to three months to be finalised.


Information provided in this application form may be disclosed to a board of management and consultative committees where established for the purpose of assessing your application.

If you are issued with a permit to access biological resources in Commonwealth areas, the Department is required under Part 8A of the EPBC Regulations to make a copy of your permit available to the public on a list of permits issued.

Further information

To learn more about how to complete your application and the expected turnaround times for applications, visit our Help Centre.

If you cannot find the information you require in the Help Centre, feel free to Contact Us directly.

Research permits are subject to EPBC Act and Regulations as well as the Management Plan established by each park – please visit Parks Australia for more information.


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