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
Improving the permission system We are reviewing our permission system which regulates and manages activities that require a permit to occur in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. We have developed or updated policies and guidelines relating to the permission system, and are inviting comments on these documents.

Open for public comment until 4 November 2016.