Protection and management

Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is on Commonwealth (Crown) land and the Commonwealth of Australia is the owner of the site, its structures and its objects. The Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is the agency through which ownership is expressed and through which Commonwealth control of the site is exercised. Responsibility for the protection, conservation and management of the site is also vested in the Australian Antarctic Division as administrator of the Australian Antarctic Territory on behalf of the Australian Government.

Mawson’s Huts and Mawson’s Huts Historic Site are afforded protection under international treaty obligations, Australian legislation and the Department of the Environment and Energy Heritage Strategy. The Australian Antarctic Division’s role is to ensure that this plan is implemented, the heritage values of the site are conserved, and to ensure that the heritage values are interpreted and presented to the Australian community.

The Mawson’s Huts Historic Site Management Plan also governs the management of the site.