Resource Exploration Permit
To obtain access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) for exploration activities you need to:
- hold a licence issued by the South Australia Government
- obtain a Resource Exploration Permit (DOC) issued by the Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office to explore within the WPA, and
- request resource exploration access permission for each activity.
The WPA Rule 2014 provides for the issue of permits which contain conditions of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area.
Resource Exploration Permit applications should be submitted at least 35 days prior to any proposed access.
Processing timeframes commence upon receipt of complete and accurate applications. However, if an application is not complete or additional information is sought from the applicant, the processing time frame may be extended.
Resource Exploration Access Request
In accordance with the terms of the Resource Exploration Permit you must obtain access permission to enter the WPA by way of a Resource Access Request.
You are required to complete an Access Form – Resources (XLS) for each activity you wish to conduct in the WPA. This is to ensure that concurrent exploration and Defence activities do not pose a risk to safety, property or national security. You can apply for access to tenements or areas located within the WPA if you have a current permit or Deed of Access.
The form must be submitted to the Woomera Test Range at least 10 business days before any proposed access to the WPA. The Woomera Test Range will contact you to advise if access has been approved and if any special conditions apply. No access will be permitted to WPA access zones while they are subject to an exclusion period.
Approved Person and Escorted Person requirements
Conditions of access for Approved Persons and visitors (Escorted Persons) can differ considerably. These conditions will be specified in the permit. Individuals accessing the area should also observe the safety precautions.
Permits for Resource Exploration and Resource Production require company personnel to be an Approved or Escorted Person prior to entry to the WPA. Approved or Escorted Person status is obtained by completing an Approved Person (DOC) or Escorted Person (DOC) application.
Approved Person status is valid for two years only. Companies should re-apply for Approved Person status at least 20 business days prior to expiry of the employee's approval to ensure their status is maintained. This time may be extended if further information is required.
Approved Person status is not automatically transferable between different companies undertaking business within the WPA. An applicant who has previously been grated Approved Person status under a permit and requires approval under a different permit must submit a further application but is only required to complete Sections 1a and 7 of the form. If the status has less than six moth validity remaining, you may be asked to complete additional fields.