About the Indian Ocean Territories
Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are Australian Territories lying in the Indian Ocean; 2,600 and 2,900km respectively north west of Perth.
The islands offer outstanding natural attractions – 63% of Christmas Island is designated National Park, and both islands are home to wildlife of global significance with rainforest on Christmas Island and, deserted and idyllic beaches framed with palm trees on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Rich in culture and opportunity, these islands, their people and the wildlife, represent a very unique part of Australia. The islands offer exceptional family lifestyle; clean, green and safe.
The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport have overall responsibility for Australia's Indian Ocean Territories, including the provision of State -type services.
Additional Government services such as those involving immigration, national parks, quarantine and customs, are the responsibility of the relevant Australian Government agencies.
Service Delivery Arrangements are undertaken by the Western Australian Government through negotiations with the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.