Assessment objective and probity risks

This plan sets out probity guidelines to assess Australian Antarctic Science Program (AASP) applications, which includes a competitive grant process. These guidelines are applicable to all people involved in providing advice to AASP applicants, and/or assessing AASP applications.

Hereafter, ‘AAD’ refers to the Australian Antarctic Division within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; ‘SP&C’ refers to Science Planning and Coordination, a section of the AAD science branch responsible for managing the AASP; ‘the probity plan’ refers to this assessment process and probity plan, and ‘applicants’ are any researchers or other parties who are likely to submit an application to participate in the AASP.

During the assessment process, discussions between applicants, members of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (particularly the AAD), and assessors will be undertaken in line with the probity plan.

As the Department (particularly the AAD) is required to assist applicants to understand its research and policy interests and conduct a fair and equitable application and grants process, care needs to be taken to ensure effective implementation of the probity plan. High probity risk areas are identified as the assessment process, the collaborative requirements of the program, and procedural grievances by unsuccessful applicants. These risk areas are the primary focus of the probity plan.


AASP is a public good research program directed primarily towards research which the Australian Government, particularly the AAD, needs to inform environmental policy and decisions, both in the short term and into the future.

The AASP will be directed towards research outlined in the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan 2011–12 to 2020–21 (Strategic Plan).

Guidelines for the assessment of AASP applications are available on the AAD website.