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Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database: Component

SummaryThe Australian Antarctic Division is a division of the Australian Government's Department of the Environment. They are responsible for advancing Australia's strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by protecting, administering and researching the region. This includes their Territories at Heard and McDonald Islands and Macquarie Islands.
SubtypeGovernment Agency
SectorMarine protected areas
Interest HeterogeneityMedium (2)
ExplanationDepending on the department an individual works on, and depending on the individual, they may be working to further research, conservation, economic and/or political objectives. These interests may be in potential conflict (divergent) from each other.
Costs Of ExitNot Applicable
Proportionality (Of Costs And Benefits)Not Applicable
Actor Group CoordinationBoth formal and informal
ExplanationStaff of the AAD include support, policy and science personnel as well as researchers that spend extensive time in the field (in the Antarctic and subantarctic) as well as scientists based at the University of Tasmania, providing opportunity for formal and informal interaction between individuals in this collective group.
Leadership["Formal leader"]
ExplanationThe AAD has a formal director that overseas the entire Division. They also have a head Manager for each of their Branches under the Division.
Leadership AccountabilityMedium (2)
Leadership AuthorityHigh (3)
ExplanationThe Director of the AAD is responsible for overseeing management of Australia's entire Antarctic region, including the subantarctic territory at Heard and McDonald Islands and Macquarie Island.
Actor Group TrustMissing
Past CollaborationMedium (2)
ExplanationMembers have to collaborate on a variety of management measures, research activities, gathering data (e.g., for the HIMI MPA proposal). Many members have worked for the AAD for years to decades.
Personal CommunicationMore than once a year (5)
ExplanationMore than 300 individuals work for the AAD, but they all work in close proximity, with many in the same office.
Remote CommunicationMore than once a year (5)
ExplanationVia email.