Effective analysis and discussion of Australia's geo-strategic situation, strategic security and defence requirements is greatly assisted by using relevant maps and charts.
Use of a world globe and orthographic-projection maps is also often more useful than relying on mercator-projection maps alone.
Ten per cent of the surface area of the Earth is some form of Australian sovereignty, resource conservation or international search and rescue responsibility.
Maps and charts are organised into 12 categories:
Short of using a world globe, an orthographic projection presents a clearer overall representation of Australia and its geo-strategic relationship to our region than that pictured by mercator-projection maps.
Maps covering Australia's geo-strategic setting (orthographic projection, oceanographic, continental shelf, maritime zones, maritime boundaries, offshore resources, external territories, international search & rescue zone).
Maps covering elements of Australia's national power (physical geography, demography, strategic resources, trunk railway lines).
Maps covering regions of Australia with significant strategic security implications ("Top End", Kimberley, Pilbara).
Maps covering Australia's seven external territories (Cocos Islands, Christmas Island, Heard and McDonald Islands, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Norfolk Island, Australian Antarctic Territory).
Maps covering national, regional and global sea-lanes that are important to Australia's strategic security.
Maps covering the oceans surrounding Australia.
Maps covering the world's strategic regions.
Maps covering the East Asian region.
Maps covering the South East Asian region.
Maps covering the South Pacific region.
Maps covering the South Asia region.