A new era of Antarctic engagement sees the Government investing new funding of $2.167 billion to deliver key priorities under the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.

This includes ongoing additional funding of $200 million over 10 years from 2016–17, which provides long-term certainty for the Australian Antarctic programme.

With this additional funding and the signing of a contract for a state-of-the art icebreaker, the Government has assured Australia’s ability to lead science and influence responsible management in the region.

It also underpins the role of Tasmania as a leading Antarctic gateway for science and logistics.

Work can now begin to further scope options for year-round aviation access to Antarctica, and the restoration of overland traverse capability and mobile research station infrastructure.