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  • A southern elephant seal lies in front of rusty trypots on a beach at Heard Island.

    Sealers' ships immortalised on remote Heard Island

    Ships carrying 19th century sealers to the remote Australian Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, have lent their names to some of the islands’ beaches, lagoons and tarns.

  • NASA's buoyant robot on the sea-ice near Australia's Casey research station

    NASA's icy mission

    An intrepid robot designed to search for signs of alien life in our solar system has excelled in its first road-test in Antarctica.

  • Emperor penguin colony at Auster Rookery near Australia's Mawson research station.

    2019 Antarctic rewind

    2019 has been an outstanding year for the Australian Antarctic Program.

  • Instant airport

    Mawson landing area moves inland

    When the sea-ice off Mawson research station can no longer support planes, expeditioners move the landing area 20 kilometres inland.

  • This image shows the contours of the land (or bedrock topography), and ice streams, beneath the ice sheet of Antarctica, revealed through the BedMachine mapping project.

    Scientists peer beneath the Antarctic ice sheet to understand future climate vulnerability

    A new Antarctic topographic map will help identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate warming.

  • Female antarctic expedition mechanic stands in front of an iceberg

    Take your career south

    Do you want a really cool job? Why not head south with the Australian Antarctic Program. The Australian Antarctic Division is looking for more than 150 women and men to fill a range of roles for the 2020-21 season. 

  • A collection of fish and other mesopelagic creatures on trays.

    Award for collaborative marine ecosystem research

    An Australian-European collaboration to enhance Southern Ocean ecosystem research has received the ‘Star of Europe’ award. 

  • Vibrant artwork on a new Antarctic tractor

    Australia's artistic Antarctic tractors head south

    The designs of iconic Australian artist Ken Done will adorn a new fleet of Antarctic tractors destined to travel across the icy continent on a quest to find million year old ice.

  • Graphic of RSV Nuyina in pack ice

    Come aboard Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker

    The Australian Antarctic Program is recruiting science support specialists to work on the nation’s new hi-tech Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina.

  • Photo of coloured buildings surrounded by water taken from the air

    Increased commitment for proposed Davis aerodrome

    On the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System the Federal Government has announced further funding to strengthen Australia’s engagement in Antarctica. 

  • United States representative, Herman Phleger, sits at a desk to sign the Antarctic Treaty in December 1959.

    60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty

    Antarctic nations around the world are today marking the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most successful international agreements, the Antarctic Treaty.

  • This bronze medal shows a map of Antarctica and the words 'For outstanding service in the Antarctic'

    Australian Antarctic Medal nominations open

    Nominations are now invited for people who have made an outstanding contribution to Australia’s Antarctic Program.

  • A women with a young child

    Antarctic Chief Scientist steps down

    The Australian Antarctic Division’s Chief Scientist, Dr Gwen Fenton, has announced her resignation after more than four years in the job.

  • Man standing on a rock surface

    Scientists on the ground of proposed runway site

    A team of scientists and technical experts has arrived at Australia’s Davis research station, kicking off a busy summer season of ecological and geotechnical surveys at a new proposed runway site.

  • Aerial view starboard side Aurora Australis parked at the edge of the fast ice

    Seeking supplementary shipping option

    As part of its contingency planning, the Australian Antarctic Division is seeking a supplementary shipping option for the 2020/21 season.

  • Australia's icebreaker Aurora Australis in the sea-ice

    Australia to assist French Antarctic program

    The Australian Antarctic Division will provide logistical support to the French Antarctic program, managed by the French Polar Institute, following damage to its icebreaker L’Astrolabe.

  • Leonie Suter in a lab coating sitting at a bench with test tube samples.

    Battle of the sexes

    In the 'battle' to identify the sex of Antarctic krill, scientists have developed a new molecular test for genes expressed only in females.

  • The Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE) sitting on the ice

    NASA space robot tested in Antarctica

    The Australian Antarctic Program is working with NASA this summer to test an under-ice robot which may eventually be used in a space mission to look for signs of extra-terrestrial life.

  • The Nuyina's science tender undergoing sea trials in Norway.

    Icebreaker's science tender sea trials underway

    Final sea trials for the science tender of Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, are underway in Norway this week.

  • AA pack ice

    Aurora legacy

    Icebreakers hold a special place in the hearts of our expeditioners and crew.

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