Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office

Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014
The Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014 was passed by Parliament on 16 July 2014. The new legislative arrangements and access permit scheme for the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) will come into effect once the Bill has received the Governor General's Royal Assent. Further details about the new access arrangements will be published on this website once the Government has agreed the Rule.

Defence will shortly write to WPA stakeholders outlining the key changes to access arrangements following the introduction of the new legislation. If you do not currently receive information from the Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office and would like to receive information about the new access arrangements, please send an email with your details (including name and organisation) to wpaco@defence.gov.au.

Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board Annual Report
The Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board Annual Report was published in June 2014.

Introduction of Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014
The Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014 was introduced into the Senate on 27 March 2014.

The Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office is a joint Australian Government—South Australian Government office established to administer non-Defence use of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA).

The office was established following the Australian Government’s endorsement of the recommendations of the Government Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area Final Report on 3 May 2011.

The WPA Coordination Office’s objectives are to:

The WPA is an important Defence capability and testing and evaluation asset that plays a significant role in Australia’s national security.

The WPA is also highly prospective and the South Australian Government estimates that more than $35 billion in developments, iron ore, gold and uranium projects could be possible over the next decade.

If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact the WPA Coordination Office.