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With growing interest from existing and potential claimants, the leadership role Australia has held in Antarctic affairs cannot be taken for granted. Australia has the largest claim of any country – 43% of the frozen continent. But the unique governance, stability and environmental preservation through the Antarctic Treaty regime is under increased strain. Global resource pressure, rising great power competition and the activities and interests of major and emerging powers are becoming more apparent.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Antarctic affairs. It will guide you through Australian leadership in the Antarctic Treaty system, current policy initiatives and future challenges, including illegal and unregulated fishing, regional governance, security dimensions and the motives and activities of other powers.

Course scope and content

This course will address the following issues:

  • What does Australian leadership in the Antarctic Treaty system look like?
  • What are Australia’s strategic interests in Antarctica?
  • What are Australia’s current policy initiatives for Antarctica?
  • What are the future challenges for Australia, including illegal and unregulated fishing and regional governance?
  • Who are the emerging and new parties in the Antarctic and what does this mean for Australia’s standing in Antarctic affairs?

Course approach

The program will be delivered as an intensive and interactive one day course. Themes will be developed through presentations and facilitated discussion. Speakers will be drawn from the senior ranks of the public sector, academia and business. They will have significant expertise and practical experience in the development and implementation of policies that seek to manage Australia’s strategic interests in the Antarctic. The program will identify, through interactive discussion, the relevant and important issues facing the participants and their agencies.

Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for APS6 –SES Band 1 officers (or equivalent) from all departments and agencies who may be specifically involved in Antarctic issues and maritime security, or who seek a deeper understanding of this increasingly important subject for their professional responsibilities.

Next date and venue

11-12 July 2017
National Security College
Crawford Building #132
1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


Program details

  • This is a two day residential, fully-catered program.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • The fee for this course is $2,110 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,550 (GST exclusive). Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.



  • To register for this course, complete the nomination form and send to
  • Registration closes on 4 July 2017.
  • Please note that NSC courses can fill up before close of registrations. If so, registrations are taken in the order nomination forms are received.





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