Permit applications and COVID-19 travel declaration
Due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, anyone seeking permission to access Aboriginal land must complete a travel declaration as part of the permit application process. The information provided in this form is to assist the NLC in deciding whether to grant a permit under the Aboriginal Land Act 1978 (NT).
- At this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, NLC will not be issuing individual recreation permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal land.
- However, non-work applications will be considered under special circumstances e.g. attending a funeral and recreation permits for workers that are resident in the community.
- Work related applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
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Aboriginal land is privately owned. It is not Crown land, nor public land.
Commonwealth and Northern Territory law says that entry to Aboriginal land requires a written permit. Aboriginal people have the legal right to grant or refuse permission to people wishing to enter or travel through their land. Unauthorised entry to Aboriginal land and waters in the Northern Territory can result in a fine of up to $1,000.
The NLC is responsible for administering the permit system for Traditional Owners in the Top End. The NLC permit system is designed to help protect the privacy of Aboriginal communities, preserve Aboriginal culture, safeguard the natural environment and promote visitor safety.
Chief Minister's permits are issued by the NT Government to their officers carrying out duties under an Act of Parliament.
Depending on your purpose, you will require either a:
- Work, Transit, Recreational fishing and Tourist Permit
- Research Permit
- Media Permit (Journalism, Commercial Film, Video, Photography or Book)
If you complete one of these forms, a separate COVID-19 travel declaration is also required.
“Stay on country, care for family” in Yolngu Matha, one of 18 language messages produced by the NLC.
Remote communities in the Northern Territory's Top End have been closed to all non-essential travel in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The Central Land Council, with the support of the Northern Land Council, calls on the NT Government to keep the NT borders with all other jurisdictions closed until community transmission of COVID-19 has been eliminated in Australia.
At its meeting on 14 March 2020 the NLC Executive Council determined that all existing non-essential permits will be suspended and no new non-essential travel permits will be granted until further notice.