International agreements

Australia and the Netherlands Concerning Old Dutch Shipwrecks

The Australian and Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks (ANCODS) was set up under the Agreement between the Netherlands and Australia Concerning Old Dutch Shipwrecks found off the Western Australian coast. The agreement was signed on 6 November 1972 and is a schedule to the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976. Shipwrecks covered by the Agreement include Zuytdorp (1712), Batavia (1629), Vergulde Draeck (more commonly known as the Gilt Dragon) (1656) and Zeewyk (1727).

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Australia receives important Dutch maritime collection - media release, 9 November 2010

UNESCO 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

The Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage entered into force on 2 January 2009. The Commonwealth of Australia is currently considering ratification in accordance with requirements outlined under Australia's Treaty Making Guidelines.

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