20 Year Action Plan

A traverse train of tractors and sheds heading for Aurora Basin North.
A traverse to Aurora Basin North. (Photo: Jean Jacques Olivier)

An ongoing commitment to Antarctica: the next 20 years

Understanding, protecting and conserving Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is in the interests of Australians.

The Australian Government is committed to protecting Australia’s national interests in Antarctica and maintaining Australian leadership.

This Action Plan sets out actions to support our national interests in Antarctica over the next 20 years, setting targets for year one, year two, year five and year 10.

In addition to the actions listed, this plan will provide a roadmap to guide Australian investment in this vast and unique continent.

Through this Action Plan, the Government is committing to the most significant package of measures ever developed by an Australian Government to build Australia’s role as a leader in Antarctica.

The Action Plan is staged to achieve and assess progress against the Australian Antarctic Strategy.

Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan [PDF] ISBN: 978-1876934354