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Australia was delighted to host the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XXXV). The meeting took place in the city of Hobart, from 11 to 20 June 2012.

Heads of Delegations at the opening of the Treaty Meeting
Heads of Delegations at the opening of the Treaty Meeting (Photo: Richard Jupe/AAD)

ATCM XXXV communiqué

The 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting concluded in Hobart on 20 June 2012. Over 250 representatives from the Antarctic Treaty Parties, experts and observers attended. For information on the key outcomes from the ATCM go to the communiqué.

Australia has a long association with Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty and was honoured to host the 2012 meeting. This ATCM was jointly organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. As organisers of the meeting, we aimed to provide efficient arrangements for ATCM XXXV and an enjoyable experience for delegates.

This website provides information about the Antarctic Treaty system and the ATCM, and general information about Australia and Antarctica.


ATCM Promo

Video transcript

Welcome to Australia. Welcome to Hobart, capital of Tasmania, Australia’s island state.

Australia is celebrating 100 years since Douglas Mawson’s 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition and 65 years of a continuous Antarctic program.

Today we have three permanent Antarctic stations and activities across East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Australian scientists are studying Antarctica’s climate, ice, atmosphere, ocean and ecosystems. Australia protects Antarctica’s environment and we protect Antarctic heritage.

Australia is proud to be an original signatory. We hosted the first ATCM in 1961, and the twelfth meeting in 1983. We work closely with our Treaty partners.

Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, Tasmanians feel close to Antarctica. Hobart is Australia’s Antarctic gateway.

Casey station is 4½ hours from Hobart. Many Antarctic bodies call Hobart home. Hobart is a centre of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

Take time to meet Tasmanians and their home. A warm welcome and a comfortable stay.

Australia looks forward to welcoming you to Hobart and its Antarctic community.

A world of beauty on the edge of the Southern Ocean.

35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, June 2012.

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Key dates

  • 27th April 2012
    Working Paper deadline
  • 12th May 2012
    Information Paper deadline
  • 31st May 2012
    On-line registration closes
  • 10th June 2012
    First Meeting of Heads of ATCP Delegations
  • 11th June 2012
    ATCM commences

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