Entry Permit for Minerals and Energy Companies

“Due to processing requirements and the Christmas office closure we advise that Friday 17th December 2021 is the final date for lodgement of Mining Entry Permit applications that will be administered in 2021.

Please note that any Mining Entry Permit applications received after 4pm on 17 December 2021 will not be processed until 10 January 2022. In the event that an emergency permit is required during this time applicants may contact the Central Land Council Minerals and Energy Section on (08) 8951 6243.

The Central Land Council office will be closed from 12pm on 24 December 2021 and will re-open on 4 January 2022.”

How to apply:

Online entry permit applications for minerals and energy companies are now being accepted. Please note that the following conditions must be met:

In accordance with the Northern Territory Chief Health Officer’s Directions (No 55 of 2021), from 12 November 2021 the Central Land Council (CLC) requires all workers on Aboriginal land to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Consistent with the wishes of traditional Aboriginal owners to protect people living on Aboriginal land the CLC requires all permit holders to show evidence of vaccination.

  • Persons applying for a CLC entry permit to access Aboriginal land for the purposes of mineral or petroleum exploration must comply with standard Northern Territory border entry requirements including mandatory supervised quarantine notwithstanding any exemption granted by the NTG.  Any issued permit is conditional on compliance with the general requirement to quarantine.
  • Where a person has been in a declared hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering the Northern Territory, notwithstanding any exemption from  supervised quarantine granted by the Northern Territory Government (NTG), that person will not be permitted entry to Aboriginal land for 14 days after leaving the hotspot irrespective of any previously issued CLC entry permit. (i.e. NTG issued exemptions do not apply to entry onto Aboriginal land for purposes of mineral or petroleum exploration).
  • Exemptions cannot be made without the prior written approval of the CLC for each proposed case, which may entail the implementation of further controls.
  • As per Northern Territory requirements, where a person has entered the Northern Territory from an area that is declared a hotspot within 14 days of entry, they should declare themselves to the NTG COVID-19 hotline and follow advice. If the person has entered Aboriginal land with a valid permit and a hotspot is subsequently declared they or their employer must notify the CLC of the situation, and the proposed action to be taken.

If required by CLC a Declaration on the permitee’s travel movements in the 14 days prior to entry onto Aboriginal land may be requested at the time of entry.

The application form can be found here.