Supporting expeditioners

Counselling and support is available through the Employee Assistance Program during training and deployment, and up to six months after return. Counselling is available for immediate family members as well as for expeditioners themselves. Confidentiality is strictly maintained.

Family and friends

Your family and friends will have many questions about your journey south, particularly about maintaining contact with you while you are away. Our Family and friends section has information ranging from Antarctic reading lists and joining the Antarctic Family and Friends Association, to sending packages and gifts to expeditioners at the stations.

There is also a Family Liaison Officer to assist family and friends prepare for, and cope with, separation while expeditioners are in Antarctica or on Macquarie Island. The Expeditioner Liaison Officers can be contacted directly via the contact form or by calling 1800 030 680.


Antarctic separation is unique in that return to Australia is not possible for an extended period. This separation brochure PDF provides information for expeditioners as they prepare to live away from their loved ones and for their family and friends remaining at home.

There are a number of practical issues and possibilities that need to be considered, discussed and prepared for and we strongly encourage you and your family to read this brochure.


The ANARE Club is a way for expeditioners to keep in touch with each other and promote interest in Antarctica.