Resource Exploration Permit

The Department of Defence is maintaining business as usual to the extent possible to support the resources sector in accessing the Woomera Prohibited Area. Permit applications and Approved Persons applications may continue to be submitted by email to Access applications (Form W007) should be lodged with the Woomera Test Range by email Please also review the advice provided by the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining.

To obtain access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) for exploration activities you need to:

  • hold a licence issued by the South Australian 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
  • observe any conditions of access to the WPA.

Resource Exploration Permit applications should be submitted at least 35 days prior to any proposed access.

Processing begins upon receipt of a complete and accurate application. If additional information is required from the applicant, the processing time may be extended.

Resource Access Request

You must obtain permission to enter the WPA by way of a Resource Access Request.

You are required to complete an Access Form – Resources (XLSX) for each activity you wish to conduct in the WPA. This is to ensure that concurrent resource 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.

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 Escorted Persons (visitors) 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.

Use the Notification of a Variation in Permit: Change of Details or Circumstances (W010) (DOC) form to change the details of an existing permit for exploration or production tenements in the WPA.

Approved Person status is valid for two years. Permit holders 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 granted Approved Person status under one permit who now 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 expires within six months, you may be asked to complete additional fields.