20 Year Action Plan: Year two

The Aurora Australis docked in Hobart.
By year two the Australian Government will have established collaborative relationships with key international partners to share capabilities and facilitate more efficient science, operations and policy outcomes in Antarctica. (Photo: Tourism Tasmania)

In the second year following the release of the Action Plan, the Government will have:

  • Completed preliminary work to build Australia’s science leadership in Antarctica, including:
    • building an overland traverse capability, with associated ice core drilling and mobile station infrastructure and research support, to enable planning with international partners to retrieve a million-year ice core
    • building research infrastructure in Hobart to establish Australia as the world’s leader in krill research, including building on philanthropic fund
    • further scoping options to deliver year‑round aviation access between Hobart and Antarctica, in accordance with domestic and Antarctic Treaty system environmental approval requirements
    • progressing options to modernise infrastructure at Australia’s three Antarctic research stations.
  • Revitalised Antarctic science, including by having:
    • implemented a coordinated and effective Antarctic science funding model to increase Antarctic research by leading Australian institutions together with international and industry partners
    • established an Antarctic Foundation to augment science funding with private funding to build opportunities for public-private partnerships to conduct new and iconic scientific research endeavours and build greater public understanding of Antarctica
    • completed a review of the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan 2011/12‑2020/21, revising and extending the plan for a further five years.
  • Developed, in collaboration with the Tasmanian Government, an agreed approach to the future of the ageing Macquarie Island research station infrastructure.
  • Systematically set in place collaborative relationships with key international partners – including our major partners in East Antarctica – to share capabilities and facilitate more efficient science, operations and policy outcomes in Antarctica.
  • Established a clear approach, in conjunction with key international partners, to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Southern Ocean.
  • Assessed progress against achieving our national Antarctic interests and delivering on the Action Plan.