International Obligations

  1. Hydrography, oceanography and meteorology are physical sciences that are not constrained by national boundaries.

  2. Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO) collaboration with international organisations in these fields protects Australia’s interests by maintaining an influential position in the development of international specifications and standards and ensuring our continuing access to international data sharing arrangements that support Defence and National requirements.

  3. The AHO fulfils Australia’s obligations under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, by publishing official nautical charts and other hydrographic information required for safe navigation in Australian waters.