Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office
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.
The Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is a globally unique military testing range covering nearly 124,000 square kilometres in north-west South Australia.
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 could be possible over the next decade.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the WPA Coordination Office.
- UPDATED 20 Nov: Stuart Highway closure, 17–30 November
- Minister for Defence attends ceremony marking the return of Maralinga Tjarutja lands at Woomera, November 2014
- Industry workshop presentation slides (PDF)
On 13 October 2104, the WPA Coordination Office with the SA Department of State Development held an industry workshop to discuss the new legislation. The changes introduced a new access management framework for the WPA. 41 people attended. Samantha Higgins, Executive Director, WPA Coordination Office, gave a presentation on the legislative changes and implications for WPA users.
- Implications of 2014 legislative changes for new and existing users
- New legislation came into effect 9 August 2014. Learn more about the changes.
- The Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014 was passed by Parliament on 16 July 2014.