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Submit a Request for Variation form.

There are two categories of variation request, which will be determined by the impact of the request on the Australian Antarctic Program:

Minor – these include additional team members not travelling south, deferral requests, additional Australia-based seasons, as well as small changes to project objectives, milestones and the like.

Major – these include any changes where extra support is required from the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), including additional field sites or marine science support, science equipment and technical support, and kitting for non-AAD vessels. This also includes requests for additional seasons requiring field support, additional berths, and activities involving animal ethics or permit approvals.

This Request for Variation form must be submitted by the project’s Chief Investigator (CI) to SP&C at, and they will facilitate the approval. Major variations must be accompanied by an email or letter from the CI’s head of research unit or institution stating they are aware of and support the request.

Your variation request and the decision (once received) will be viewable as an attachment on the project in the Antarctic Applications Online system (AAO)

Follow the steps outlined on the Scientific samples and Sample transport process pages, paying close attention to the required documentation and timing of your actions, as the sample owner.

Don't forget to ensure your service level agreement includes your desired sample destination if that destination is outside of the AAD.

As the use of drones continues to expand, it is important that all personnel who work in this space read and comply with the recently released the Department's Drone Use Policy. The policy also refers to the operations manual which is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

If you or your team are considering using drones for a project, or engaging contractors to do so, please email the Chief Remote Pilot and the Drone Operations and Technology Solutions (DOTS) team to discuss your project and request a copy of the Drone Use Policy and the Operations Manual.

If you are not currently engaged in the Australian Antarctic Science Program, send your ideas to – for Program Leader and Chief Scientist consideration.

Please note though, that there will be no open call for new Australian Antarctic Science Program projects. The focus of any new projects must align with the Australian Antarctic Science Program priorities.

If you’re from the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership or Special Research Initiative, please talk to your program manager.

If you’re part of the Australian Antarctic Division, please talk to your Program Leader.