Australia's Marine Jurisdiction

Last updated:24 September 2019

Australia's Maritime Jurisdiction Map Series

Geoscience Australia has produced a series of 28 electronic maps which depict Australia's Maritime Jurisdiction.

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Australia's Jurisdiction

As an island continent, Australia has sovereign rights over a vast area of ocean, along with the fishery, mineral, and petroleum resources found in that area. The management and protection of the waters that yield these resources is a complex task.

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Australian Marine Spatial Information System

A web based interactive mapping and decision support system that improves access to integrated government and non-government information in the Australian Marine Jurisdiction (AMSIS).

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Maritime Boundary Definitions

Important to understand the definitions of a number of terms including nautical mile, territorial sea baseline, coastal waters, fishing zones & continental shelf.

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Procedures for Describing Maritime Boundaries

Provide instructions relating to the technical aspects of writing maritime boundary descriptions. The procedures are intended as an aid also for Government departments and agencies developing policy in Australia's offshore area.

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Computing Australia's Maritime Boundaries

Critical to the determination of all maritime boundaries is the determination of the Territorial Sea Baseline (TSB) around Australia and its remote offshore territories.

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The Law of the Sea

Australia is a vast continent with a distinctive outline. The 'real' Australia is very different and extends offshore well beyond the current coastline.

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A listing of related web sites on the topic of Australia's Maritime Jurisdiction and the Law of the Sea.

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