• Hannah Phillips

A New Era For Antarctic Science

Last week the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash and Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham announced the Government is establishing a new Australian Antarctic Science Council.

The new Antarctic Science Council will provide further strategic direction for the Australian Antarctic Program, oversee science funding priorities and ensure funds directly support Antarctic research, reducing administrative costs and making it easier to plan multi-year projects.

The Government has committed more than $100 million over the next 10 years for Antarctic science, delivered through two new initiatives:

  • The Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative with $5 million per year for 10 years from 2019-20, delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

  • The Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science with $8 million per year for seven years from January 2020, delivered by the Australian Research Council.

The review was undertaken to ensure Antarctic investments are effective, joined-up and fit-for-purpose.

The Government has supported, either in full or in principle, all nine recommendations in the Clarke Review.

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