Norfolk Island National Park and Norfolk Island Botanic Garden are Commonwealth reserves under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). You will need to apply for a permit or approval to carry out scientific research, including archaeological and anthropological research, in these reserves. Depending on the nature and type of research you wish to conduct, you may need several permits.
Please answer all five questions below to determine which permits you require to conduct your research in Norfolk Island National Park.
If you have any questions please phone the park on 0011 6723 22695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Are you proposing to undertake scientific research inside Norfolk Island National Park?
If Yes, you will need a permit issued under Part 12 of the EPBC Regulations. Please use the application form above.
2. Will your research involve the collection of biological resources from the Norfolk Island National Park?
If Yes, you will need a permit issued under Part 8A of the EPBC Regulations. You do not need to complete a separate application if you are using the above application form. If you are collecting samples for commercial purposes, you will also need to enter into a benefit sharing agreement.
For more information, please see accessing biological resources.
3. Will your research involve killing, injuring, taking, trading, keeping or moving a member of a listed threatened, migratory or marine species or an ecological community; or involve cetaceans?
If Yes, you may need to separately apply for a permit issued under Part 13 of the EBPC Act. You can also search for a listed species on the Species Profile and Threats Database.
You will not need this permit if:
- the action is done inside Norfolk Island National Park and is authorised under a management plan for the park (please email email@example.com see if this applies to your research); or
- the species you propose to impact upon is listed as threatened under the EPBC Act and the action is undertaken in accordance with a recovery plan that is in force (please email EPBC.firstname.lastname@example.org to see if this applies to your research).
4. Do you propose to import or export wildlife?
If Yes, you will need to separately apply for a Part 13A of the EBPC Act.
For more information, or to apply for a permit, please go to Permit to export for non-commercial research purposes.
5. Does your research propose to transport biological material to mainland Australia from Norfolk Island?
If Yes, you may need to separately apply for an Import Permit from the Department of Agriculture.