Map of Christmas Island
Map of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Australian Indian Ocean Territories is the name since 1995 of an administrative unit under the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, consisting of two islands groups in the Indian Ocean under Australian sovereignty:

Each of these island components has its own Shire Council: the Shire of Christmas Island and the Shire of Cocos.

It does not include the uninhabited Ashmore and Cartier Islands and Heard Island and McDonald Islands, despite these territories lying within the Indian Ocean.



In 2004 a review of the territories was made.[1]

In 2012 the administration was reviewed by Australian parliamentary visits and enquiry.[2]


No. Name Political party Took office Left office
1 N/A 1 July 1994 30 June 1996
2 Ron Harvey N/A 1 October 1997 30 October 1998
3 Bill Taylor Liberal 4 February 1999 30 July 2003
4 Evan Williams N/A 1 November 2003 31 October 2005
5 Neil Lucas Liberal 30 January 2006 22 February 2008
6 Brian Lacy N/A 5 October 2009 5 October 2012
7 Jon Stanhope Labor 5 October 2012 5 October 2014
8 Barry Haase Liberal 6 October 2014 4 October 2017
9 Natasha Griggs Liberal 5 October 2017 Incumbent


  1. ^ Australia. Parliament. Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories; Lightfoot, Ross (2004), Indian Ocean Territories : review of the annual reports of the Department of Transport and Regional Services and the Department of the Environment and Heritage, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, ISBN 978-0-642-78486-5CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Australia. Parliament. Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories; Pratt, Louise, 1972-, (chair.) (2013), Report of the visit to the Indian Ocean Territories, 21-25 October 2012 : review of the Department of Regional Development, Regional Australia and Local Government Annual Report 2010-11, Canberra Joint Standing Committee of the National Capital and External Territories, ISBN 978-1-74366-115-4CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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