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. 

Reef 2050 Plan draft policies

The draft Cumulative Impact Management Policy and the draft Net Benefit Policy complement each other by providing guidance on how to reduce threats and improve the Reef’s resilience in the context of continuing climate change pressures. These policies set out principles and steps to guide their practical application.

These draft policies are open for comment until 5pm 17 August 2017.

Policy on ‘Cruise Ship operations within the Great Barrier Reef’

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are seeking comment on the draft policy which has been updated to reflect current management arrangements and to promote ecological sustainable cruise ship operations within the Great Barrier Reef. The draft policy guides how protected area managers make decisions on cruise ship operations within the Great Barrier Reef and informs cruise ship operators, booking agents and tourists of management arrangements.Public comment is being sought for consideration in the final policy document. Comments to be submitted by 5pm Friday 14 July 2017.