Skip to main content

Important COVID-19 information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Attorney-General’s Department: Find out how our services are being delivered and how you can access them. For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from the Australian Government, visit

Antarctic law

The Antarctic Treaty System is a unique suite of international legal instruments that regulate the actions of member countries in the area south of 60° S latitude. 

Australia was one of the original parties signing the treaty in 1959. Since then, there have been additional treaties concerning wildlife conservation, environmental protection, and mineral resources in this region.