Accessing Part III Aboriginal Reserves Wotjalum and Kunmunya
A tour group at Kunmunya Reserve
Aboriginal Reserve Land is land reserved for the use and benefit of Aboriginal people.
Within Dambimangari country, the Aboriginal Reserves of Wotjalum and Kunmunya were proclaimed under Part III of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, meaning access is restricted. Visitors need to apply to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs for a Transit Permit.
Passengers travelling as part of a commercial a tour do not need to apply for a Transit Permit, it should be included in your tour.
Private travellers (not on a commercial tour), will need to have a nominated trip leader who will apply for a Transit Permit on behalf of everyone in the travelling party.
The process for applying for a Transit Permit to access Part III Aboriginal Reserves on Dambimangari country is as follows:
Go to the Visitor Location Schedule on this website to determine if the location you wish to visit is approved and if it sits within either Wotjalum and/or Kunmunya Aboriginal Reserves. This is shown by an # on the table.
The DPLH online application will need to be completed by either the commercial operator or nominated trip leader. It is possible to request a Transit Permit to be valid for up to 12 months. Please select the correct reserves and locations on the drop-down menu on the DPLH website.
Once the DPLH online application has been completed, your application will be referred to Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) for assessment.
Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation will approve the application, on the condition that the visitors are respectful of the Traditional Owners wishes, only access places on the Visitor Location Schedule, and act in accordance with the Visiting Dambimangari Country Code of Conduct.
You will be notified by DPLH as to the outcome of your Transit Permit application.
If issued, the Transit Permit will identify conditions and notes.
Failure to obtain a Transit Permit when accessing Part III Aboriginal Reserves is a serious offence. And you risk having any future Dambimangari Visitors Pass applications refused and DAC objecting to the issue of any future Transit Permits.