The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) develops and maintains critical technology and scientific facilities needed to support Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

Conducting research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean requires an innovative approach coupled with sophisticated technology that is customised to perform in some of the world’s harshest environments.

To ensure that the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) has access to state of the art technology, and to keep this equipment functioning to the high standards required by our scientists, the AAD employs a multidisciplinary team of technical experts. These technicians and engineers provide a range of services and play a key role in delivering our strategic science priorities.

AAD technical experts are required to:

  • Lead the design and development of new capabilities, emerging and innovative technologies for the AAP in the areas of Antarctic science, operations and asset management.
  • Leverage Australian and international technical partnerships, manage core functions/facilities, and curate/deliver information collections.
  • Support the AAD in providing platforms for the best possible AAP outcomes.
  • Champion and nurture innovative and diverse partnerships in the ever-advancing area of polar technology.

The AAD is also an active participant in the Centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Technology (CAST), a collaboration between the AAD, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, that aims to advance Antarctic and Southern Ocean research through pooling experience with a focus on engineering and technology.

Access to data

All data that is collected as part of AAP research activities is managed by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC); access to data and maps can be found on the AADC website.