Timor-Leste and Australia sign a maritime boundary Treaty (6 March 2018, New York, USA)

Tuesday 29th June, 2021

On 6 March 2018, Timor-Leste and Australia signed an historic Maritime Boundary Treaty at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Maritime Boundary Treaty establishes for the first time permanent maritime boundaries between Timor-Leste and Australia in the Timor Sea. The signing of the Treaty concludes the compulsory conciliation process, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was initiated by Timor-Leste in April 2016. The Treaty sets permanent maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea based on international law, bringing an end to Timor-Leste’s long-running maritime boundary dispute with Australia.