Government response to Antarctic inquiry

Aerial view of Mawson station
Aerial view of Mawson station (Photo: Dan Suttle)

The Australian Government has responded to recommendations from the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories (JSCNCET) inquiry into the adequacy of Australia’s infrastructure assets and capability in Antarctica.

In its response, the Government has confirmed its commitment to ensuring Australia remains a leading Antarctic nation, and cementing Tasmania as the premier gateway and scientific research hub for East Antarctica. The response also reflects the Government’s continuing implementation of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan (Strategy and Action Plan).

The Strategy and Action Plan recognises the importance of infrastructure assets and capabilities to support Australia’s science leadership in Antarctica. It also sets out major actions the Government is taking over 20 years to protect our national Antarctic interests, and is supported by $2.2 billion in additional investment.

In addition to this, the Government will invest more than $450 million over the next ten years to upgrade Australia’s network of Antarctic research stations and supporting infrastructure.

Through the Hobart City Deal announced on 24 February 2019, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments have agreed to facilitate an Antarctic and Science Precinct at Macquarie Point.