The Australian Antarctic Division is inviting comment on the Heritage Management Plan for Mawson research station in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Established in 1954, Mawson is Australia’s oldest Antarctic station and the oldest continually occupied station south of the Antarctic Circle.  Mawson is listed as a Commonwealth Heritage place. It demonstrates the evolution of building methods in Antarctica.

The Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has responsibility for the management of the historic site, and developed the Mawson Station Heritage Management Plan in 2014.

This plan is now due for review. To inform this review, any interested members of the public are invited to comment by Friday 29 May 2020 on:

  • whether the plan is consistent with the Commonwealth Heritage management principles, and

  • the effectiveness of the plan in protecting and conserving the Commonwealth Heritage values of the place.

Comments can be emailed to the Australian Antarctic Division at

For more information, including information on how the Department will handle your personal and confidential information, and to find a copy of the plan, visit this page about Mawson research station’s cultural heritage.