Tiwi Land Council


Tiwi Land Council Permits

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Visitor Permit Information

The Tiwi Islands are privately owned.

Like other landowners in Australia, Tiwi Island people value their legal rights to grant or refuse permission to people wishing to enter their land.
Following High Court findings (2008) Tiwi land also includes sea (water and resources within the mouth of the streams, creeks and estuaries).

The Tiwi Land Council has strict requirements for all visitors, including media representatives and non Tiwi residents on the Islands.

The permit system is designed to strengthen the Permission Principle at the cultural heart of Tiwi land management and also to help protect the privacy of Tiwi landowners, encourage Tiwi Island people to be involved in projects on their land, safeguard the natural environment, and promote visitor safety.

Permits are granted to people who have been invited for business or private purposes.

To obtain a permit you must complete the relevant online application form.
The application requires you to outline who your host (individual or organisation) will be, the purpose of your visit and the length and location of your stay.

The permit will not allow you to enter the Tiwi Islands for any purpose other than stated on the permit.

Please remember, Tiwi traditions are founded upon respect. Your application enhances the protection of Tiwi cultural and intellectual property rights, including Tiwi cultural knowledge.

To apply click here

Thank you for your application


Tiwi Island

Tiwi Islands

Our Island home is 60 kms across the Arafura Sea north of Darwin. Bathurst and Melville Island and five smaller islands total 800,000 hectares and include a coastline of 1016 kms held under free-hold title by our 2000 landowners. 

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Population growth currently at 2.5% is attributable to improved health care and lower infant mortality. We have managed our land sustainable through 6000 years of separation from mainland Australia. Our sustainable lives today rely upon land use capable of employing our 900 strong workforce and resourcing our market driven Tiwi economy through the determination and vision of our landowners.