Summary Information
Full Title

2002 Timor Sea Treaty between the Government of East Timor and the Government of Australia

Short Title / Abbreviations

2002 Timor Sea Treaty

CIL Subject Classification
Citations to Text 2258 UNTS 3, [2003] ATS 13
Date of Adoption 20/05/2002
Place of Adoption Dili, East Timor
Secretariat / Relevant Authority

Government of Australia / Government of Timor-Leste

Dispute settlement provisions

“Article 23: Settlement of Disputes

(a) With the exception of disputes falling within the scope of the taxation code referred to in Article 13(b) of this Treaty and which shall be settled in accordance with that code, any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Treaty shall, as far as possible, be settled by consultation or negotiation.

(b) Any dispute which is not settled in the manner set out in paragraph (a) and any unresolved matter relating to the operation of this Treaty under Article 6(d)(ii) shall, at the request of either Australia or East Timor, be submitted to an arbitral tribunal in accordance with the procedure set out in Annex B.”




Annex A – Designation and Description of the JPDA (under Article 3 of this Treaty)

Annex B – Dispute Resolution Procedure (under Article 23 of this Treaty)

Annex C – Powers and Functions of the Designated Authority (under Article 6(b)(v) of this Treaty)

Annex D – Powers and Functions of the Joint Commission (under Article 6(c)(ii) of this Treaty)

Annex E – Unitisation of Greater Sunrise (under Article 9(b) of this Treaty)

Annex F – Fiscal Scheme for Certain Petroleum Deposits (under Article 5(a) of this Treaty)

Annex G – Taxation Code for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion in Respect of Activities Connected with Joint Petroleum Development Area (under Article 13(b) of this Treaty)

Entry Into Force Status In Force
Date of Entry into Force


Entry into Force / Termination Provisions

“Article 25: Entry into Force

  1. This Treaty shall enter into force upon the day on which Australia and East Timor have notified each other in writing that their respective requirements for entry into force of this Treaty have been complied with.
  2. Upon entry into force, the Treaty will be taken to have effect and all of its provisions will apply and be taken to have applied on and from the date of signature.”

General Status 2 Parties
Links to Current Status/Reservations Australian Treaty Series
ASEAN States
Brunei Darussalam
Viet Nam
Related Instruments
Protocols / Amendments to this instrument

This instrument amends/supersedes

Related Instruments

1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

1989 Treaty between Australia and the Republic of Indonesia on the Zone of Cooperation in an Area between the Indonesian Province of East Timor and Northern Australia

2003 Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste relating to the Unitisation of the Sunrise and Troubadour Fields

2006 Treaty between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea

2018 Treaty between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste establishing their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea

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Prepared By GJY On 06/06/2017
Last Updated By CY On 18/10/2019