Expeditioner Handbook

Why should you read this handbook?

The Expeditioner Handbook [PDF|Word] provides background to the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) and what you can expect when you go to Antarctica. It contains specific information that you will need prior to leaving home and after you arrive at Kingston for your pre-departure training.

The Handbook outlines some of the steps that you need to take before travelling and answers some of the most commonly asked questions about living and working in Antarctica. As the time for your departure draws closer, you will receive additional information specific to your voyage or flight and particular circumstances.

Topics covered by the Handbook include:

  • Personal considerations before you leave including financial, medical and voting responsibilities
  • Preparing and packing to go South, including issued clothing and equipment, prohibited items, how to clean your gear, cargo and training
  • Information technology preparation and security issues
  • Working at the AAD at Kingston
  • Shipping and air transport
  • Living and working in Antarctica
  • Protecting the environment
  • Liaison and support
  • Antarctic service conditions
  • Policies and legislative responsibilities

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This page was last modified on 21 May 2013.