The Government’s Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan calls for a revitalisation of Antarctic science including through the implementation of a coordinated and effective Antarctic science funding model to increase Antarctic research by leading Australian institutions together with international and industry partners.
To progress this, the Department of the Environment and Energy commissioned Mr Drew Clarke AO PSM FTSE in August 2017, to undertake a review of the governance arrangements supporting the Australian Antarctic Science Program and to provide advice on a new governance model by early 2018.
In undertaking the Review, Mr Clarke met with over 50 people from 23 Australian government, corporate and research organisations, including the CSIRO and University of Tasmania. Discussions were also held with two other international Antarctic programs.
Mr Clarke’s review made nine recommendations centred on institutionalising long-term collaborative science, ensuring coherent science leadership, integrating strategy and planning and streamlining administration.
*Please note: the federal government's response to this review has been included as an additional associated resource