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Territories of Australia

The Federal Government, through the Attorney-General's Department administers Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Coral Sea Islands, Jervis Bay, and Norfolk Island as Territories. The Administrative Arrangements of Australian Territories can be found below:

Australian Capital Territory & Northern Territory

Access information about the Department's role in relation to the Commonwealth's interests in these territories.

Christmas Island

Christmas Island is located approx 1,565 km from the Northwest Cape of Australia.  Go to this section to find out more about the island, its history and how to get there.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are made up of 27 coral islands. More information about the islands can be found in this section.

Jervis Bay

The Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) comprises about 7,400 hectares on the southern shores of Jervis Bay approximately 200 km south of Sydney by road.  Further information for tourists is available here.

Norfolk Island

Find out about Norfolk Island, its tourist facilities, climate and history.  A photo library is also available

Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Ashmore & Cartier Islands are uninhabited and composed of coral and sand.  Discover more about their location, environment and heritage from here

Coral Sea Islands

The Coral Sea Islands became a territory in 1969.  They are largely uninhabited as there is no fresh water.  The Bureau of Meteorology has several weather stations and lighthouses on these islands and reefs

Indian Ocean Territories (IOT)

Link to the IOT Government Gazettes and community bulletins from here

Australian-Antarctic Territory

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts has responsibility for the Australian Antarctic Territory. 

Heard & McDonald Island

Information on the Subantarctic Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands can be obtained from the the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website.

Territories Publications

This section provides access to government gazettes and community bulletins.