Territories of Australia

The Australian Government, through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development administers the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Coral Sea Islands, and the Jervis Bay Territory. The Department also manages the Government's interests in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island.

  • Norfolk Island is an external Australian territory in the Pacific Ocean about 1,600km northeast of Sydney. It is one of Australia's most geographically isolated communities and oldest territories.

  • The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development provides the Australian Government with strategic policy advice in relation to the Commonwealth's interests in these two self-governing territories

  • Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean 380 kilometres south of Java and 2650 kilometres north-west of Perth.

  • The Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) comprises about 6677 hectares on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, approximately 200 kilometres south of Sydney by road.

  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands which are located in the Indian Ocean 2950 kilometres north-west of Perth and 3700 kilometres west of Darwin.

  • The territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands comprises West, Middle and East Islands of the Ashmore Reef, Cartier Island and the 12 nautical mile territorial sea generated by these islands.

  • The Coral Sea Islands Territory is made up of the islands situated in an area of approximately 780,000 square kilometres of the Coral Sea extending from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • The Department of the Environment has responsibility for the Australian Antarctic Territory.

  • Information on the Subantarctic Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands can be obtained from the Department of the Environment website.

  • This section provides access to gazettes and community bulletins and information on the Community Development Grants Programme.

  • This section provides access to government gazettes, community bulletins and various reports.


Last Updated: 21 July, 2015