We implement Australia’s obligations to protect the Antarctic environment. This is incorporated in our vision of ‘Antarctica valued, protected and understood’.

As an agency of the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, and as an environmentally responsible member of the Australian and Tasmanian community, we extend this environmental ethic to all our activities through our AAD Environmental Policy 2018–2022 [PDF].

Our first policy was signed by the Director in December 2001 after a 12-month development and consultation process with staff in Australia and Antarctica. The policy will be reviewed every four years.

The policy states our environmental commitments and provides a foundation for the achievement of continual improvement in our environmental performance.

We display the policy in our Tasmanian offices, on the ships and at the Antarctic stations, and provide it to our suppliers and contractors to help ensure they understand and comply with our environmental protection and management commitments and requirements.

To implement our Environmental Policy, we have brought together and strengthened our environmental management processes by implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS). Together, our Environmental Policy and the EMS establish environmental roles and responsibilities throughout our organisation.

Please contact the AAD Environmental Management Unit if you have any questions.