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