Tasmania’s skills, knowledge base and expertise, as well as the state’s geographic location, make it a natural gateway to East Antarctica.
Tasmania is the home of Australia’s National Antarctic program managed by the Australian Antarctic Division.
Tasmania is a hub of cold climate expertise in Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, research, education and logistics.
The sector and institutions regularly support Australia’s Antarctic operations as well as those from counties including France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the USA.
Hobart is a centre of knowledge, with the highest concentration of Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientists and institutions in Australia, and one of the highest in the world.
Key international Antarctic institutions such as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) are headquartered in Hobart and contribute significantly to Tasmania’s global standing as a centre of expertise.
Hobart is the home port for Australia’s Antarctic new supply and research vessel (icebreaker) RSV Nuyina, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) marine research vessel, RV Investigator, and the French Antarctic support vessel, RV L’Astrolabe.
Tasmania provides specialised support for Antarctic operations through the Tasmanian Polar Network (TPN), an alliance of more than 70 businesses and research bodies. From a single contact point, the TPN provides expeditions with comprehensive support including supplies, equipment, logistics and other services.
Tasmanian businesses have developed specialist capabilities in manufacturing and servicing traverse equipment, including tractors, sleds and living units that are used extensively by multiple national Antarctic programs.