The 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan represents one of the most significant developments of Australia’s Antarctic program in the 21st century. With more than 100 years of Antarctic engagement, the development of the Plan will draw on Australia’s historical, strategic and scientific relationship with Antarctica.
The terms of reference for the development of the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan call for a comprehensive review of Australia’s Antarctic engagement including: Australia’s Antarctic strategic interests; capacity to undertake and support priority science; presence in the Antarctic; and international engagement.
The Plan is scheduled for completion by mid 2014 and will draw on extensive consultation with experts, stakeholders and the general public. It will consider a wide range of issues of strategic importance to Australia’s Antarctic program including the role of Tasmania as the gateway for Antarctic expeditions and scientific research, the logistical and operational requirements to support access to the Australian Antarctic Territory and other parts of Antarctica, options for Australia’s future presence in Antarctica, high priority science in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and future priorities for Australia’s engagement in Antarctic affairs through the Antarctic Treaty system.
For more information on the terms of reference of the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan please follow the links.
The independent final report on a 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan was released by the Australian Government on Friday 10 October 2014 by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, together with Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
The Government will now consider the report in detail before providing a formal response in coming months.