Historic shipwreck forms and permits

Certain activities controlled under the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 require a permit to be issued before they are undertaken or require a notification to be provided.

Any recreational, research or commercial activity that has the potential to damage or interfere with an historic shipwreck or relic requires a permit.

Permits are also required to enter a protected zone located around any shipwreck and before historic shipwreck relics can be transferred from one person to another.

The discovery of any historic shipwreck or possession of historic shipwreck relic must be notified.

A form is also provided to report any incident or activity that may threaten the protection of a historic shipwrecks and associated relics or illegal under the Historic Shipwrecks Act.

Online submission

The following permit applications and notification forms can be completed online through the Australian National Shipwreck Database.

Permit applications

Notification forms

Postal submission

Online submissions are preferred. The following permit applications and notification forms can be downloaded and printed, and posted to the responsible state or territory authority as listed on the form.

Permit applications

Notification forms