The Federal Government has confirmed it will be delivering $25 million to Hobart’s Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in a bid to maintain Australia’s position as a world leader in Antarctic research and protection.

Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, said that the funding will be used to secure continued research work, including vital research into the impacts of climate change in Australia and the Pacific.

The Government funding for the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC will be provided over five years from 1 July 2014.

Mr Burke said that this year's Budget would also provide $9.5 million to ensure Australia's continued contribution to broader research and Antarctic operations staged from Tasmania, including the running of four fully-operational Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations.

“Australia has a proud legacy in Antarctica and we are devoting the resources to ensure we remain a steward of environmental research,” Minister Burke said.