Antarctic Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government agency dedicated to supporting the businesses and organisations that make up the Antarctic sector in Tasmania. It is part of the Antarctic Tasmania and Science Research Development (ATSRD) business unit.
With its ideal location as a staging post for Antarctic voyagers, Hobart, Tasmania's capital city has had connections to Antarctic exploration extending back to 1773. Today Hobart is not only the hub of Australia’s Antarctic program but is home to a range of national and international Antarctic and Southern Ocean organisations and is a world-class centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean education and research.
Hobart has developed some unique capacities to support people and organisations with interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The Tasmanian Polar Network, an organisation with over 60 members, can provide a huge range of specialist goods and services for any Antarctic voyage or activity.
Tasmania's Antarctic cultural heritage, events and attractions and significant community of people who share a passion for the Antarctic continent reinforces the city's Antarctic ambience. Stand on the docks at Hobart looking south and the next landmass is Antarctica.
Tasmania’s Antarctic community makes a significant cultural and social contribution to Tasmania. The Tasmanian Government through Antarctic Tasmania continues to build the capability of the Antarctic community, maximise opportunities for continued growth and support endeavours to improve the management and understanding of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems. It also works to strengthen and promote Tasmania’s Antarctic cultural heritage.
Antarctic Tasmania is the contact point for all businesses and organisations whose activities will help to achieve these goals.
Antarctic Tasmania established the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway (TAG) Working Group in December 2009. TAG provides an opportunity for industry and all tiers of government to set a collaborative strategic agenda and provide a targeted approach to new opportunities to build and grow the Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector for the benefit all stakeholders. TAG is chaired by Frances Underwood and comprises representatives from:
- Antarctic Tasmania
- the Australian Antarctic Division
- the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- the Tasmanian Polar Network
- Hobart City Council
- Hobart Interational Airport
TAG is the driving force behind the industry's strategic vision Developing Tasmania’s Antarctic Sector - A vibrant industry in a global market, and meets regularly to review and progress the Action Plan.
Photographs used within Tasmania Gateway to Antarctica appear with the permission of the copyright owners as listed here. Every effort has been made to ensure that the correct copyright has been attributed. Photographs not credited remain the property of the Tasmanian Government.