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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, you can find the "Apply" button at the bottom of this page.

Allowed activities

This application is to apply to conduct scientific research in a Commonwealth reserve and/or to take native biological material/specimens from a Commonwealth reserve.

Permit conditions

Permits will be issued subject to conditions on the approved activity. Research permit conditions can be viewed on the Permit Conditions page. Please ensure you and any research participants understand and will be able to meet your obligations under the permit. We will contact you if further permit conditions need to be added following assessment of your application. Failure to abide by these conditions may lead to your permit being suspended or cancelled, or your approval being revoked, and may affect future applications.

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. For specific cut-off dates for applications and expected turnaround times, visit our Help Centre.

Privacy Notice

The Director is authorised to request personal information from permit applicants under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (EPBC Regulations). This information is used to assess permit applications and manage activities within Commonwealth reserves.

If you are applying for a permit in Kakadu National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park or Booderee National Park your personal information may be provided to the park's Board of Management for the purpose of assessing your application.

If you are applying for a scientific research permit and the research involves access to biological resources we will provide your information to the Department to issue a permit under Part 8A of the EPBC Regulations. The Department is required to publish details of Part 8A permits issued on a publicly accessible Register. The Register can be accessed at www.environment.gov.au/resource/list-permits-issued.

Your personal information may be disclosed to other Commonwealth (and in some circumstances, state and territory) government departments and agencies where it is required by or authorised under law or where it is reasonably necessary for law enforcement.

Further information

For help completing your application, visit our Help Centre.

If you cannot find the information you require in the Help Centre, please Contact Us directly.

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


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