Policy report

20 Jun 2018

The purpose of this review is to advise on a governance model for the Australian Antarctic Science Program (AASP) as currently administered by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).


18 Jun 2018

This report’s recommendations provide the Australian government with an opportunity to strengthen its work with respect to Antarctica and build on already impressive foundations.


17 Aug 2017

This paper highlights some of China’s interests and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory, which include undeclared military activities and mineral exploration.


27 Apr 2016

The Australian Antarctic Strategy sets out Australia’s national Antarctic interests and our vision for Australia’s future engagement in Antarctica.

The accompanying Action Plan details the steps the Government will take to fulfil the Strategy.

The Action Plan is staged over a 20 year...


30 Apr 2015

Overview: This is the first book whose subject is the music, sounds and silences of Antarctica.

From 2011 until 2014, Australia marked its long-standing connection with Antarctica by celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

The icy continent, with its extremes...

Blog post

26 Feb 2015

On 28 October 2014, just three weeks before Prime Minister Abbott and PRC President Xi Jinping signed an agreement in Hobart promising ‘increased collaboration in Antarctic science’, the Chinese official newsagency Xinhua announced that China would be establishing the first Antarctic base station for its...



13 Nov 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making a short visit to Tasmania following his participation in the G20 meeting in Brisbane and his address to a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament on 17 November. The choice of destination is unusual and certainly not one...


10 Oct 2014

This report provides a broad assessment of the current status of the Australian Antarctic Programme and the challenges to maintaining and expanding Australia’s well-regarded status in Antarctic science, operations and diplomacy.

Development of the report involved extensive stakeholder and community engagement. It makes 35...


16 Sep 2014

Australia asserts sovereignty to 42% of the Antarctic continent and has a long involvement in Antarctic exploration and science. Australia also has important economic and environmental interests in the Great Southern Ocean. We are an original signatory to the Antarctic Treaty which, among other things,...


23 Jun 2005

On Thursday 23 June 2005, the Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories tabled its report on the inquiry into the adequacy of funding for Australia's Antarctic Program entitled Antarctica: Australia’s Pristine Frontier .



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