Inquiry into the importance of Antarctica to Australia's national interests

On 22 February 2024, the Committee received a referral from the Minister for the Environment and Water for an inquiry into the importance of Antarctica to Australia’s National Interests. On 27 February 2024, the Committee resolved to adopt the inquiry.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make a submission to the inquiry addressing the terms of reference by Friday 12 April 2024. Information that may assist in preparing a submission to the Committee can be accessed here.


If you are experiencing problems uploading your submission via the online portal, please email your submission to the secretariat at

You can ask the Committee to accept a confidential or name withheld submission.

Confidential submissions are only read by members of the Committee and the secretariat and are not published.

Name withheld submissions are published on the Committee's website with personal information redacted.

For further information about the inquiry or how to make a submission, please contact the committee secretariat.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4355