Australian Antarctic Division

Regulator function

Protecting and conserving Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, including the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, through regulation in accordance with international obligations. 


  • Antarctic Treaty Act 1960  
  • Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1990 (and regulations) 
  • Antarctic Marine Living Resources Conservation Act 1981 (and regulations) 
  • Environment Protection Management Ordinance 1987 
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands Act 1953 
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 
  • Australian Antarctic Territory Acceptance Act 1933 
  • Australian Antarctic Territory Act 1954 

Regulated community

  • Any Australians undertaking an activity in Antarctica and anyone undertaking an activity at Heard Island and McDonald Islands 
  • Antarctic science community 
  • Australian Antarctic Program 
  • Tourist operators 
  • Private individuals visiting Antarctica 


Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Internal to department / external entity