Public consultation

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) consults the public on a range of matters, including permit applications and proposed developments.

A list of current plans, applications and assessments for public consultation are available online, along with details on the process.  

All proposals for development within or partly within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park must be assessed for a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

If the proposal is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance, including the Marine Park and World Heritage Area, then the proponent must also seek approval from the Federal Environment Minister under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

A privacy notice outlines how we handle personal information supplied by a permit applicant as part of the application process.

Open for public comment

The opportunity for the public to comment on a proposal is an important part of our environmental assessment and consultative processes. Interested parties are invited to contact us for more information or to make a written submission on the below proposals. 

ProjectSummary Status
Whitsundays Plan of ManagementThe Whitsundays Plan of Management outlines the activities that can occur in the region, while protecting the spectacular environment. It is being reviewed and we are seeking public feedback.

Public consultation phase closes 5pm Friday 7 April 2017
Cost recovery implementation statementsThe cost recovery implementation statement provides information on how the Authority currently implements cost recovery for permission system-related activities under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. We welcome public comment on this draft cost recovery implementation statement.Public consultation closes 5pm Monday 24 April 2017