Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office


The Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA), the key element of the Woomera Range Complex, is a globally unique military testing range covering 122 188 square kilometres in north-west South Australia.

The Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office is a joint Australian Government—South Australian Government office established to administer non-Defence use of the Woomera Prohibited Area.

RAAF Base Woomera provides operational support to Defence use of the Woomera Test Range, which comprises the prohibited area and associated facilities within the complex.

The Woomera Range Complex is an important Defence capability and testing and evaluation asset that plays a significant role in Australia’s national security.

The area is also highly prospective and there is high potential for the discovery of new deposits, similar to those already known, especially of copper, gold, silver, iron, titanium and zirconium and uranium. The most recent economic assessment is available here.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the WPA Coordination Office.