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.
For information about the department's role in relation to the Commonwealth's interests in these territories visit the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory page.
Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean 380 kilometres south of Java and 2650 kilometres north-west of Perth. For more information, visit the Christmas Island page.
The Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) comprises about 6677 hectares on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, approximately 200 kilometres south of Sydney by road. For more information, visit the Jervis Bay Territory page.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the Indian Ocean 2950 kilometres north-west of Perth and 3700 kilometres west of Darwin. For more information, visit the Cocos (Keeling) Islands page.
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. For more information, visit the Ashmore and Cartier Islands page.
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. For more information, visit the Coral Sea Islands page.
Information on the Subantarctic Territory of Heard and McDonald Islands can be obtained from the the Department of the Environment website.
Norfolk Island (NI) is situated in the Pacific Ocean about 1600 kilometres north-east of Sydney, 890 kilometres north-east of Lord Howe Island and 1100 kilometres north-west of Auckland at 167°57'E, 29°02'S, with a similar latitude to that of Byron Bay. The Island is about 8 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide with an area of 3455 hectares. To the south are two small, uninhabited islands: Nepean and Phillip.
Information on the Indian Ocean Territories can be obtained from the Indian Ocean Territories page.
This section provides access to government gazettes, community bulletins and various reports. For information on publications see the Territories publications page.