Supporting expeditioners

Counselling and support is available for expeditioners and their immediate families through the Employee Assistance Program during training and deployment, and up to six months after return. The EAP is a free, professional and confidential support service available 24/7.  It offers expert advice, support, practical resources and referrals to help manage life’s issues and challenges – whether personal or professional.

Family and friends

Your family and friends will have many questions about your journey south.  Our Family and friends section has suggested Antarctic reading, information about staying in touch and how to send mail to expeditioners on station.

There is also an Expeditioner and Family Liaison service which is available to provide support during the period of separation and to answer questions your family and friends might have about your participation in the Program. The Expeditioner and Family Liaison service can be contacted directly by calling 1800 030 680 or emailing


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  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 an organisation for Antarctic expeditioners and is a good way to keep in touch with each other and promote interest in Antarctica.