Important Changes to diving the ex-HMAS Hobart

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has recently undergone a review of the management arrangements, the current status of mooring infrastructure and the associated risk management plan for the ex-HMAS Hobart dive site. 

As a result, several operational changes have been implemented and are effective as of today.




Mooring Buoys

The SATC has reinstated six mooring buoys at the dive site that are available for both commercial operators and recreational divers to use at their leisure with no booking or fees associated. The SATC will be responsible for the ongoing management of the bouys and a diagram of the position of the new buoys is available online at

Commercial Operators

Commercial dive operators will no longer be required have a ‘commercial operators licence’ to access the dive site. Access to the site will now be available to all commercial operators free of charge.

Recreational Divers

Recreational divers will be able to access the ex-HMAS Hobart Dive site either by using a commercial dive operator or by using their own boat.

Availability of the mooring bouys to divers and their boats (commercial or recreational) will be on a first come, first served basis.

Diver Permits

All divers are still required to obtain a dive permit. Permits are valid for up to 12 months and anyone entering the zone will still be required to abide by specific conditions outlined in the Code of Conduct.

The permit application process remains unchanged:

  • Divers can obtain a permit online at
  • Once a diver has submitted their application for a permit they will receive email notification that it has been successful with a copy of their permit and the Code of Conduct for diving the site. If divers do not receive notification that their permit has been successful within 24 hours of applying they should contact the SATC to check if the status of the application.

All activities undertaken in the vicinity of the ex-HMAS Hobart are still controlled by the following legislation:

  • The Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981
  • Harbors and Navigation Act 1993
  • Fisheries Act 1982

It would be much appreciated if you could assist us in communicating this information about diving the site by updating any information you currently distribute through your own communication channels  (websites, newsletters etc).

If you are conducting commercial charters or other related tourism activities on the dive site, or plan to in the future, it would be much appreciated if you could let us know so we can assist in the marketing and distribution of these activities.

The permit and code of conduct are available online at . If you have any questions in regards to the changes please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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