Mawson's Huts Historic Site Management Plan

Mawson’s Huts Historic Site contains the remains of the base established at Cape Denison, Antarctica, in 1912–1913 by Sir Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (including two intact timber huts and two huts that are now standing ruins). The Minister for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities made a management plan for 2007–2012, to protect and manage the site’s Commonwealth Heritage and National Heritage values. This plan was reviewed and revised in 2013.

The current management plan is available here: Mawson’s Huts Historic Site Management Plan [PDF]

In 2018, the Mawson's Huts Historic Site Management Plan was reviewed in accordance with section 324W and 341X of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This review concluded that the Management Plan remains consistent with the National and Commonwealth Heritage management principles, and effective in protecting and conserving the National and Commonwealth Heritage values of the Mawson's Huts Historic Site. The management plan will therefore remain operative pending its sunset in 2023.

The overarching management philosophy for the Mawson's Huts Historic Site remains the commitment to protection and conservation of the National and Commonwealth listed heritage values in accordance with the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Persons reading the Management Plan should note that, in 2014, Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) No 3 was de-designated and the boundary of Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) No 162 expanded to align with the boundary of the previous ASMA. 

Previous management plans

  • Mawson’s Huts Management Plan 2007–2012 [PDF]
  • The 2007–2012 management plan was preceded by the Mawson’s Huts Historic Site Conservation Management Plan 2001; produced by Godden Mackay Logan, Heritage Consultants, for AAP Mawson’s Huts Foundation, July 2001.
This page was last modified on May 30, 2018.