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Antarctic Tasmania

Antarctic Policy and Economics

The Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy which was released in December 2017 builds on Tasmania’s reputation as the gateway to east Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by supporting and harnessing opportunities arising from investment by Australia and other countries in Antarctic science and operations.

Through the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy we will grow Tasmania’s role as an international centre for excellence for Antarctic, Southern Ocean and climate research.

Tasmania is already the flagship for Australia as a globally-recognised home of international Antarctic diplomacy, logistics and operational support, and science services. The Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy will strengthen Tasmania’s community of research scientists, drive growth in our support and logistics capability, and attract more international resupply and research visits from nations involved in the Antarctic region.

The Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy will help make Tasmania the world’s Antarctic gateway of choice.

Tasmanian economy

Tasmania’s Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector contributes almost $159 million a year to the Tasmanian economy according to a new report.  In the two years since the last review into the value of the sector (2017-18), economic benefits of Antarctic-related operations in Tasmania have increased by $38.4 million per year.

Total spending in Tasmania has also risen and employment has continued to increase. The sector’s overall economic value is now $229 million per year, an increase or 23 per cent from two years ago.

The sector, which provides research, training, and support services to the Australian Antarctic program and other Antarctic programs from around the world, now employs almost 950 people in Tasmania. Planned investment and development means Tasmania’s Antarctic sector is only likely to see more growth in the future.

Although impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions in the second half of 2019-20, Australian and international expeditioners still racked up an estimated 7,000 bed-nights in Hobart and more than 4,100 bed-nights were spent in Tasmania by delegates of Antarctic and Southern Ocean conferences.