National Security College | Professional course


With growing interest from existing and potential claimants, the strategic and security dimensions of access to and control of Antarctica are becoming clear. The leadership role Australia has held in Antarctic affairs cannot be taken for granted.

Course date: 
26 September 2018
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $1,300 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1,600 (GST ex).

Course overview

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 approach, stability and environmental preservation achieved through the historic Antarctic Treaty regime is coming under increased strain. Global resource pressures, 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 the Antarctic Treaty system, Australia’s leadership role, the roles of other key claimants and current policy initiatives. The course will also consider future challenges, including illegal and unregulated fishing, regional governance, and climate change. It will focus on the security dimensions of these issues, and the motives and activities of other powers.

Scope and content

Participants in this course will examine the following key questions:

  • What is unique about the Antarctic Treaty system, and Australia’s leadership role?
  • 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 players in the Antarctic and what does this mean for Australia’s interests?

Who should attend?

This course is designed for professionals, analysts and officers from all departments and agencies who may be directly working on Antarctic issues and maritime security, or who seek a deeper understanding of this increasingly important subject for their professional development.

Course details

  • One day non-residential, fully-catered program.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • Course Timings 8:30am - 5:00pm
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“The NSC course on Antarctica was a really useful introduction to the wide range of issues that the continent represents. The co-ordinators went out of their way to recruit world-class experts and the presentations and discussions were interesting and engaging.”

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