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Tourist, Transit & Work Permits

Aboriginal land is privately owned. It is not Crown land, nor public land.

Like other landowners in Australia, Aboriginal people have the legal right to grant or refuse permission to people wishing to enter or travel through their land.

A permit is a written permission from the traditional owners to enter the private land of a family or group of Aboriginal people.

The permit system is designed to help protect the privacy of Aboriginal communities, preserve Aboriginal culture, safeguard the natural environment and promote visitor safety.

Below is the application form for a work (excluding research or media), transit or tourist permit, available in both electronic and PDF formats.

It is strongly advised you read the Frequently Asked Questions before completing your application form.

Work, Transit or Tourist Permit Applciation Form:

Electronic version
Printable PDF version
Printable Word doc version

Specific Permit Requirements – Other than NLC

East Arnhem 
Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area

Dhimurru is an incorporated Aboriginal organisation established by Yolngu traditional Aboriginal owners in north east Arnhemland, Australia. Yolngu have agreed for visitors to safely enjoy the 20 designated recreational areas within the Indigenous Protected Area in a sustainable way.

Permits: Visitors wishing to visit the recreational areas must firstly obtain a permit from Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation. Specific permit information and applications can be completed online at http://www.dhimurru.com.au or in person at the Dhimurru office in Nhulunbuy. Phone enquiries should be directed to (08) 89392 700.