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, the Jervis Bay Territory and Norfolk Island. The Department also manages the Government's interests in the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory.

  • 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, 2605 kilometres north-west of Perth and 490 kilometers south-west of Jakarta, Indonesia.

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

  • The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the Indian Ocean, 2936 kilometers north-west of Perth and 1270 kilometers south-west of Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • 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.

  • The Department of the Environment has responsibility for the Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands.

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Last Updated: 9 August, 2017