A permit is not required to access most shipwrecks and other underwater sites in NSW waters. Divers are free to visit these shipwreck sites and to learn from them.
There is currently one shipwreck site in NSW that has a protected zone around it. You will need a permit to visit this site:
- M24 (1942) Japanese midget submarine off Sydney - currently open for research and archaeological diving only.
Apply for a permit
Apply for a permit to enter the M24 submarine Shipwreck Protected Zone.
Permits to enter Protected Zones are granted under the Commonwealth Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018.