Media Permit Application

Media access to communities

Due to the legal change for permits in communities, media do not legally require a permit to visit ‘common areas’ in communities and report news of the day stories.

Permits are also not required to attend public court hearings on Aboriginal land. See our Legal Factsheet for details of the changes.

However, given the sensitivity of journalist access, and the special role journalists have as visitors, journalists are requested to self register online when visiting communities for news of the day reporting.

If journalists wish to report beyond news of the day and on Aboriginal land outside communities, they need to fill out a special purpose permit application.
The purpose of media registration is to encourage awareness of Aboriginal land and culture and promote compliance with the CLC media protocols. The CLC encourages and welcomes external scrutiny of community affairs on Aboriginal land, but within a responsible ethical framework.

If journalists or media organisations have any questions please contact the CLC media unit on +61 (08) 8951 6217 or


Due to health risks for community members any non-resident travel to remote communities in Central Australia should be reconsidered other than required travel for health, supply and essential services personnel. Non-essential travel to or through remote communities in Central Australia is not recommended at this time due to the CV19 transmission risk. Any issued permits are invalid if permittee has travelled to any of the countries listed in the Australian Government travel advisories within last 14 days.