20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan

Cover of the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan

On 10 October 2014 the Australian Government released the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, which provides a blueprint for Australia’s future engagement in Antarctica and options to expand Tasmania’s role as a leading Antarctic science and logistics hub.

The report examines the challenges ahead and provides recommendations on how the Federal and State Governments, working with business, researchers and the wider community can achieve that outcome.

The Government commissioned Dr Tony Press, former Director of the Australian Antarctic Division and former CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, to critically assess Australia’s national interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

The preparation of the report involved a comprehensive review of Australia’s Antarctic interests and extensive consultation with experts, stakeholders and the general public.

The report outlines an ambitious vision for Australia to work towards over the next 20 years. It contains recommendations on a range of key issues, including:

  • Protecting Australia’s national interests in Antarctica;
  • Supporting and leading national and international Antarctic science;
  • Building economic benefits for Tasmania as an Antarctic Gateway city;
  • Australia’s future Antarctic station operations, transport and deep field traverse capabilities and support for large field-based research campaigns; and
  • Effective administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Download the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan [PDF] ISBN: 978-1876934279.

View the Australian Government's response to this plan: Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan