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Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines:
Submissions to the Commission
: Submission by Australia

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Updated on 5 November 2012

    On 15 November 2004, Australia made a submission through the Secretary-General to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, pursuant to article 76, paragraph 8, of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982. It is noted that the Convention entered into force for Australia on 16 November 1994.

    The submission contains the information on the proposed outer limits of the continental shelf of Australia beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured.

    In accordance with the Rules of Procedures of the Commission, the Secretary-General notified the Commission and all States Members of the United Nations, including States Parties to the Convention, of the receipt of the submission, and makes public hereby the executive summary of the submission, including all charts and coordinates contained in that summary. The consideration of the submission was included in the provisional agenda of the fifteenth session of the Commission to be held in New York from 4 to 22 April 2005.

   For information on the progress of work in the Commission, please refer to the Statements of the Chairman.

   On 9 April 2008, the Commission adopted the “Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the submission made by Australia on 15 November 2004 on information on the proposed outer limits of its continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles”. Pursuant to article 6, paragraph 3, of annex II to the Convention, the recommendations were submitted in writing to the coastal State and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

  At its twenty-second session, the Commission adopted the summary containing excerpts of the recommendations of the Commission in relation to the submission made by Australia on 15 November 2004.

Recommendations (9 April 2008)

   Pursuant to the Rules of Procedures of the Commission, the Recommendations of the Commission, including their summary are hereby made public.

Annex I: List of materials submitted to the Commission and Subcommission
Annex II: Comments from other States regarding the data reflected in the executive summary of the Submission made by Australia, including all charts and coordinates as made public by the Secretary-General in accordance with rule 50 of the rules of procedure of the Commission
Annex III: Tables of Coordinates
Argo region: The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
Great Australian Bight region: The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
 Kerguelen Plateau region: The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
 Lord Howe Rise region: The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
Macquarie Ridge region:  The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
Naturaliste Plateau region: The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
South Tasman Rise region:  The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
Three Kings Ridge region:  The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
Wallaby and Exmouth Plateaus region:  The establishment of the outer edge of the continental margin | The establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf
Annex IV: Communications between the Subcommission and the Delegation of Australia not included for technical reasons
Communications received with regard to the "Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the submission made by Australia on 15 November 2004 on information on the proposed outer limits of its continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles"
Indonesia
Note dated 7 August 2009:  English

 

Submission (2004)

 

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Continental Shelf Notification English | Français
Executive summary Executive Summary of the submission by Australia (450 Kb) - AUS-DOC-ES | Français* | Español*| Arabic* | Chinese* | Russian*

* Note: These unofficial translations were prepared, when additional resources were available, for reference purposes only.

Attachment Note from the Permanent Mission of Australia to the Secretary-General of the United Nations accompanying the lodgment of Australia's submission - Attachment
Annexes Annex 1 – Tables listing the points defining the outer limit of Australia’s extended continental shelf (Degrees, Minutes and Seconds)- AUS-DOC-ES-ANNEX1
  Annex 2 – Tables listing the points defining the outer limit of Australia’s extended continental shelf (Decimal Degrees) - AUS-DOC-ES-ANNEX2
Maps (AO Executive Summary maps supplied separately) The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 1 and AUS-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Argo region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 2 and ARG-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Argo region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked -  Figure 3 and ARG-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the region of the Australian Antarctic Territory showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 4 and ANT-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the region of the Australian Antarctic Territory showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 5 and ANT-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Great Australian Bight region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 6 and GAB-MAP-ES-1
   The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Great Australian Bight region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 7 and GAB-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Kerguelen Plateau region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 8 and KER-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Kerguelen Plateau region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 9 and KER-MAP-ES-2
   The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Lord Howe Rise region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 10 and LHR-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Lord Howe Rise region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 11 and LHR-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Macquarie Ridge region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 12 and MAC-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Macquarie Ridge region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 13 and MAC-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Naturaliste Plateau region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 14 and NAT-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Naturaliste Plateau region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 15 and NAT-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the South Tasman Rise region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 16 and STR-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the South Tasman Rise region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 17 and STR-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Three Kings Ridge region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 18 and TKR-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Three Kings Ridge region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked -  Figure 19 and TKR-MAP-ES-2
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Wallaby and Exmouth Plateaus region showing the outer limit line and the area of extended continental shelf - Figure 20 and WEP-MAP-ES-1
  The outer limit of the continental shelf of Australia in the Wallaby and Exmouth Plateaus region showing the provisions of article 76 invoked - Figure 21 and WEP-MAP-ES-2
 

Reaction of States to the submission made by Australia  to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

In response to the note verbale of the Secretary-General, which was circulated in conformity with the Rules of Procedure of the CLCS, communication were received from:
United States of America
Note dated 3 December 2004:  English only
Russian Federation
Note dated 9 December 2004:  English Russian

Japan

Note dated 19 January 2005:  English | French | Spanish

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Note dated 11 February 2005: English

France

Note dated 28 March 2005: English | French

The Netherlands

Note dated 31 March 2005: English

Germany

Note dated 5 April 2005: English

India

Note dated 5 July 2005:  English | French | Spanish

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