If you would like to take, possess, buy, sell or dispose of products of wildlife to undertake Traditional Aboriginal cultural activities, then you need to apply for a Special Purposes Wildlife Permit (SPWP).
A SPWP for Cultural Activities may authorise these activities for the purpose of (but not limited to):
- Making Traditional Aboriginal jewellery
- Making Traditional Aboriginal clothing
- Making Traditional Aboriginal art
Cultural permits are available to:
- organisations recognised by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA)
- individuals who are eligible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and services
Applicants need to apply, and be successfully approved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and services, using the Eligibility form for Tasmanian Government Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander programs and services.
More information can be found through the Department of Premier and Cabinet, by contacting the Office of Aboriginal Affairs:
How to apply
To apply for a cultural permit to undertake Traditional Aboriginal Cultural Activities using products of wildlife, please complete the form below:
Application to undertake Traditional Aboriginal Cultural Activities using products of wildlife (PDF 242Kb)
Please read the fact sheet attached to the application form before completing the application.
Fort Direction muttonbirding
Each year the Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA), the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) and the Department of Defence (Defence) may allow access to Fort Direction for cultural muttonbirding. The Fort Direction muttonbirding event only occurs if yearly Muttonbird survey results are assessed as sustainable, and if access to the site has been approved by Defence. Commencement of the season will allow successful applicants access to Fort Direction for one day only for the purpose of taking muttonbird.
How to apply for muttonbirding
Application forms to take Juvenile Muttonbird at Fort Direction are made available in March each year. Applications will be sent to the previous year's permit holders and organisations recognised by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA).
Please note: Applications will only be accepted by individuals who are eligible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and services.