Australian Antarctic Science Program

Science is the central driver of all the Australian Antarctic Division's activities.

The Australian Antarctic Science Program (AASP) operates within the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) to deliver world-class scientific research consistent with Australia’s Antarctic science strategic priorities.

Recently, the AASP has undergone changes to streamline the way it operates and provide a greater focus on delivering Government priorities in accordance with the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan (AASSP). Learn more about these changes.

A recent independent expert review (chaired by Prof Mary O’Kane AC) has identified significant opportunities to accelerate the delivery of world-class science by the AAD’s Science Branch and to strengthen the AAP as a world-leading national Antarctic program. Key recommendations of the O’Kane Review include the collaborative development of a Decadal Plan to define and direct the efforts of all AAP participants in transforming the world’s knowledge of East Antarctica.