The Government is establishing a new Australian Antarctic Science Council to revitalise science research.

The new Council will provide further strategic direction for the Australian Antarctic Program, oversee science funding priorities and ensure funds directly support Antarctic research, reducing administrative costs and making it easier to plan multi-year projects.

The establishment of the Council is the first step in implementing the recommendations of a review into the governance of Australia’s Antarctic Science Program, undertaken by Mr Drew Clarke, a highly-respected former senior public servant.